CEO Message

Will Davis001

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.

Honoring GovState,

Will Davis

Will Davis


The Governors State University Foundation was established in 1968 as the University's primary fundraising division. Officially incorporated as a not-for-profit organization, the GovState Foundation fosters relationships with philanthropic individuals, GovState Alumni, and numerous corporate and foundation partners on behalf of the University.

Contributions received by the GovState Foundation support academic programs, scholarships for students, faculty development and research, capital improvements to the campus, library acquisitions, technology enhancements, and other special initiatives.

Board & Advisors


The Governors State University Foundation Board was created in 1969 to oversee the financial operations of the foundation as it maintains its legal and ethical standing. It provides leadership and strategic direction, setting goals which align with the University’s strategic plan. Through this oversight, it serves as a guardian of the public trust and remains accountable to its donors, GovState alumni and the general public.


Carney Barr


Carney Barr
Rich Township (Retired)

Blank Portrait 200x300


Paul Labonne
PNC Bank

Michelle Redd-Newell


Michelle Redd-Newell
Building Blocks Learning Academy

Blank Portrait 200x300


Hank Johnson
Proven Business Systems

Blank Portrait 200x300


David Barr


Kevin Brookins

Kevin Brookins
ComEd (Retired)
GovState Board of Trustee Liaison

Dr. Cheryl Green

Dr. Cheryl Green
GovState President

Will Davis

William A. Davis
Vice President of Development
CEO GovState Foundation

Dr. Li-Wei Peng

Dr. Li-Wei Peng
GovState Faculty Senate President

Blank Portrait 200x300

Helen Hill
Progress Rail

Blank Portrait 200x300

Octavia Matthews
Aramark Uniform Services

Blank Portrait 200x300

Jermaine Paul
GovState Alumni Association Representative

Blank Portrait 200x300

Lorine S. Samuels
Strategic Business Services, Inc.

Blank Portrait 200x300

Angie Zuniga
Chief Administrative Officer, Illiana Financial Credit Union


Villalyn Baluga

Villalyn Baluga
GovState Associate Vice President, Finance


Blank Portrait 200x300

Ron Bean
GovState Adjunct Professor

Blank Portrait 200x300

Beverly Goldberg
Community Representative

Rashidah Muhammad

Dr. Rashidah Muhammad
GovState Professor

Blank Portrait 200x300

Barbara Peterson
Will County Planning Commission (Deceased)

Blank Portrait 200x300

William Sanders
Honeywell (Retired)

Resources & Webinars


Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match charitable contributions made to the University by their employees, retirees, and/or spouses. The Governors State University Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable organization. Contact us at or 708.235.7510. We’re happy to assist.