Date: March 12, 2007
Contact: Lindsay Gladstone
Governors State University
Phone: (708) 534-7090
Fax: (708) 534-8399
For Immediate Release
University Park, Illinois, March 12, 2007 – When the purpose of an organization is to offer opportunity and help dreams become reality, good people want to be involved.
The Governors State University Foundation’s mission is to assist in developing broader educational opportunities for students interested in earning a degree, gaining increased qualifications, and improving their lives and their family’s future.
This strong sense of purpose and the dedication are the facets that attracted three new members to join the Foundation’s Board of Directors. Joanne C. Krop of Frankfort, Jennifer Artis of Richton Park, and Beatrice Mensah Tayui of Flossmoor recently added their names to the distinguished and hardworking list of board members.
“The Board of Directors of the GSU Foundation determines policies, procedures, and priorities which govern the receipt, investment, and distribution of Foundation assets,” explained Dr. James Britt, Vice President of Advancement and CEO of the Governors State University Foundation. “These three individuals are especially well qualified to assume such important responsibilities. Each brings a superb record of professional achievement and community service as well as impeccable personal characteristics.”
Beatrice Mensah Tayui is currently president and CEO of Diamond International, Inc., and works closely with major U.S companies in the development and maintenance of successful business relationships with various African nations. Tayui has expertise in operational and project management, has consistently demonstrated her ability to bring divergent interests together, and has a strong commitment to bettering services and opportunities both in the here and in Africa.
Jeanne Krop is an active member of the South Shore and south suburban communities. She is involved in many civic, community, and church organizations. She has chaired many fundraisers and served as a member and officer of several organization boards of directors and trustees. As an active member and past president of the Suburban Service League, Krop has participated in annual fundraising efforts that support many south suburban charities.
Jennifer Artis has dedicated her career to establishing access to qualitative and comprehensive medical care for the working poor, the uninsured, and the indigent of Chicago and the south suburbs. She has worked tirelessly to establish equity in access to healthcare as founder and chair of the CrossRoads Coalition, chair of the Southland Health Careers Program, and by serving on the boards of several community health organizations. Artis is currently Director of Public Affairs for St. James Hospital and Health Centers, located in Chicago Heights and Olympia Fields.
“We are very fortunate to have these new members join our board. Each resides in the region and is deeply committed to the advancement of Chicago’s south suburbs,” said Britt. “I am delighted that citizens in our region are willing to serve the community and Governors State University in this way.”
For more information about the GSU Foundation, call (708) 534-4105.