from the Illinois Board of Higher Education

May 5, 1998

Contact: Ross Hodel, 217/782-2551



The Illinois Senate has confirmed Governor Jim Edgar's appointments of two new members to the Illinois Board of Higher Education.

Approved by unanimous vote were Cordelia Meyer of Chicago and Samuel K. Gove of Urbana, both of whose terms expire in January 1999.

Cordelia Meyer is Vice President of the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club in Chicago, a non-profit organization of Chicago-area CEOs. She is the Civic Committee's policy director on issues of elementary and secondary education. Ms. Meyer is also chair of the Chicago Chapter of the Second Decade Society of Johns Hopkins University, where she received her B.A. in political science and a master’s degree in business administration. She is a sponsor/mentor for a family from the Chicago Housing Authority and a former board member of the Jane Addams Resource Corporation.

Samuel Gove is Director Emeritus of the Institute for Government and Public Affairs and Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Gove received his B.S. in economics from the University of Massachusetts in 1947 and a master's degree in political science from Syracuse University in 1949. He joined the University of Illinois in 1950 as a research assistant in government and public affairs and served as Director of the Institute of Government and Public Affairs from 1967 to 1985. He has held a number of academic and consulting positions within the university, in higher education, and in various public and private capacities.

Keith R. Sanders, Executive Director of the Board of Higher Education, said, "We welcome Cordelia Meyer and Sam Gove to the Board with high regard for the credentials and experiences they will bring to our deliberations and high expectations for the contributions they will make to the higher education community in Illinois."