When I began my tenure at Governors State University (GovState), I looked forward to elevating the visibility and brand of Governors State University. I saw the jewel and wanted to share the vision with others north of I-80. In the decade plus that I have served this institution, I have discovered far more than I originally imagined. The Governors State University Foundation is building relationships that transform the lives and legacies of our students and our community. It is with a deep sense of satisfaction and pride that I continue to witness the results of our collective efforts.
Underscoring the University’s mission to provide students with an accessible and exceptional education, our goals are to:
- • Ensure student access to scholarships and financial support.
- • Provide faculty with resources for meaningful research.
- • Facilitate community opportunities for impactful collaborations.
- • Enhance alumni relationships.
The Governors State University Foundation is the official fundraising and private gift-receiving agency for the University that allows us to make progress toward these goals.
Through the Alumni Association, we provide networking, professional development, leadership opportunities, and mentoring to current Governors State University students.
These alumni are shaping the future of the GovState community, our students, and the wider community through engagement, advocacy, and financial contributions.
If you want to be a part of this exceptional group of engaged alumni, please join us in propelling our students to achieve their personal and professional goals. Your mentoring, volunteer leadership, or referral for an internship or job opportunity may prove to be the difference in their success—you may already know that yourself.
As Vice President of External Affairs and CEO of the Foundation, I plan to build on the successes of recent years by working with the campus community, alumni and friends, public and private organizations, and leaders to ensure that GovState facilitates and contributes to the success of this region. With approximately 90% of alumni residing in nearby communities, it is my goal to unify the area and build a bridge between public, private, and municipal entities for the betterment of all. A public university is a public asset—a convener of ambition and growth that is open to everyone.
Whether your passion is for scholarships, academic programs, the Arts, athletics, alumni, or another area, your annual investment in GovState provides students and faculty with the resources they need to achieve their academic ambitions and career goals. Invest in your interest by partnering with us.