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December 9, 2007


SPRINGFIELD – Governor Rod R. Blagojevich has appointed Jay D. Bergman, a member of the Illinois State University Board of Trustees, to the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE). Bergman succeeds Steven M. Taslitz for a term ending in January 2013.

“We welcome Jay Bergman to the board,” said IBHE , “and look forward to his contribution as we advance several higher education initiatives.”

Bergman, a Joliet resident, is the President and CEO of Petco Petroleum Corporation of Hinsdale and Chairman of the Board of American Heartland Bank & Trust, Co., a Chicago area bank.  He is a graduate of Illinois State University with a degree in business administration. Bergman brings significant higher education experience to the IBHE, having served on the ISU Board of Trustees since 2003 and having been a director of the Illinois State University Foundation since 1986.

“I look forward to serving on the Board and working on such critical issues as developing a master plan for higher education and helping all levels of education – from preschool through graduate school – work more closely together. Both of these initiatives will help us prepare students for success in today’s workforce, and I am eager to contribute to these efforts.”


Don Sevener

Kelley Talbot 217.557.7354

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