Higher Values in Higher Education

President's Executive Institute

CED Summits are held throughout the state.

Summits have been held across Illinois and in Missouri.

Welcome to the President’s Executive Institute (PEI) established by Dr. Jack Thomas. We work with business, industry, education, governmental agencies, municipalities, non-profit agencies, and other individuals from the public and private sectors to make Western Illinois University the partner of choice in advancing educational, organizational, cultural, environmental, community and economic development in our region and well beyond.

The PEI matches workforce and community needs with the skills, talents, and resources of Western Illinois University. We engage external organizations, support community and economic development, and cultivate strong working relationships with the University.

We partner with organizations (e.g., business, industry, military, high schools and community colleges) and individuals to advance shared goals and priorities by hosting topic or audience specific summits, supporting Small Business Development and International Trade Centers, and addressing employer training needs.

Additionally, our partners also engage Western Illinois University by offering internship sites, serving on advisory boards, encouraging employees to use tuition assistance programs, and/or sponsoring courses and workshops for their employees.

We encourage you to learn more about the PEI, become engaged, and work with us to create and enhance a strong workforce committed to community advancement and organizational recruitment and retention.


Meet Our Students

Upcoming Events

WIU is hosting Summits for businesses, mayors, other elected officials, school leaders, community development professionals, alumni and friends of the University during the course of the academic year to discuss shared challenges and opportunities at Western in our communities. We look forward to seeing you on:

  • Wednesday, September 6 at 9:00 am in Peoria - will be rescheduled
  • Wednesday, September 6 at 5:30 pm in Decatur - will be rescheduled
  • Tuesday, October 10 at 9:00 am in St. Louis, MO
  • Tuesday, October 10 at 3:00 pm in Quincy
  • Wednesday, October 11 at 1:00 pm in Macomb

Please call 309-762-9481 for more information and to register for one of these events. Alternatively, you can send an email to vpqcp@wiu.edu.