Date: April 13, 2007
Contact: Eric Matanyi
Governors State University
Phone: (708) 534-4044
Fax: (708) 534-8399
For Immediate Release
University Park, Illinois, April 13, 2007 - At its March meeting, the Governors State University Board of Trustees elected the officers for the coming year. Lorine Samuels, of New Lenox, was selected as the new Chairperson of the Board. She will succeed Bruce Friefeld, who served as chair from 2000 to March 2007. Jack Beaupre, of Bourbonnais, will act as Vice-Chair, and Kristi DeLaurentiis, of Frankfort, will serve as secretary.
The remaining Board members are Bruce Friefeld (Mokena), William McGee (Hazel Crest), Kathleen Field Orr (Flossmoor), Lois Mayer (Crete), and student trustee Dwayne Williams (Richton Park).
“Lorine has been a great asset to the university as well as the surrounding communities,” said Dr. Stuart Fagan, President of Governors State University. “Her extensive experience in education, business, and community service makes her a perfect choice to lead the Board and help direct the future of GSU.”
Fagan added, “We are all grateful for the considerable contribution Bruce Friefeld has made to GSU over the years. I especially value his support and friendship.”
Samuels is President of Strategic Business Services, Inc., a Flossmoor based financial and management consulting firm, which she founded in 1985. She was also recently honored as a Chicago Legend by Delta Sigma Theta, Inc., a nonprofit public service organization that promotes academic excellence, community service, and scholarship. She also served on the board of the Central Baptist Children’s Home and Family Services, now Kids Hope United, in Lake Villa, Illinois, from 1973 to 2005.
“GSU is a cornerstone of the community, the region, and the state,” Samuels said. “I’m proud to be a part of making a quality education accessible to as many people as possible and look forward to the university’s continued growth and outreach.”
Board members are appointed by the Illinois Governor’s Office and serve six-year terms.