Friday, September 04, 2009

UIS alumna to serve on U of I Board of Trustees

Governor Pat Quinn has appointed former Mayor of Springfield and UIS alumna Karen Hasara to fill a vacant position on the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. Hasara graduated from UIS with a B.S. in Psychology in 1972 and got her M.A. in Legal Studies from the university in 1993.

Hasara started her career as an elementary school teacher and became the first woman to be elected Springfield mayor in 1995. Before her time in city government Hasara was elected to the Illinois House of Representatives in 1986 and the Illinois Senate in 1993.

Hasara has played an active role in the University of Illinois Springfield community speaking at leadership round tables and other events on campus. She has been a member of UIS Chancellor Richard Ringeisen’s Advisory Committee since 1998 helping to shape the direction of the campus.

Hasara is a board member of the World Affairs Council and has worked in Russia and Eastern Europe in tourism and economic development. She also serves on the Illinois Equal Justice Foundation board and is a member of the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce.

The governor also named four other U of I graduates to the board: Timothy N. Koritz, Staff Anesthesiologist, Rockford Memorial Hospital; Edward L. McMillan, Principal and CEO, McMillan LLC; Pamela B. Strobel, retired Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of Exelon; and Carlos E. Tortolero, President, National Museum of Mexican Art.

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