Alumni Council

Made up of 25 alumni appointed to three-year terms and the president of the Student Alumni Association, this board meets on a quarterly basis at WIU. Members represent the interests of alumni and serve as liaisons to 25 University areas. The council assists in the recruitment of students, selects Alumni Award recipients, and was instrumental in establishing the Student Alumni Association.

NEXT MEETING: Saturday, January 23, 2016
Western Illinois University
Macomb, Illinois

2016 Alumni Council Meetings

  • Saturday, April 30

Jeff McElroy

A letter from the Alumni Council President

Greetings WIU Alumni and Friends,

For the past six years it has been my privilege to serve on the Alumni Council as one of 26 members representing over 130,000 alumni worldwide. I am now at the beginning of a two-year term as President of the Council. It is an honor to be selected to serve our alumni and University in this way.

Western has been a part of my life for many years. My favorite 7th and 8th grade art teacher, Betty  Post-Cutler ‘53, introduced me to Western. She shared her memories of classes, professors, friends and experiences with us. In my young mind, Western sounded far away and very exciting. It was because of Mrs. Cutler that I knew where I wanted to go to college. Thanks to that influential art teacher, when I came to Western in the Fall of 1966 I knew immediately that I was exactly where I should be and was ready to make my own memories. Mrs. Cutler was so committed to WIU that that she left a bequest of her estate to the College of Fine Arts and Communication’s Recital Hall and the lobby has been named in her memory

Shared memories can define a culture, and the culture at Western is unique. At the many WIU Alumni events offered throughout the year, we meet fellow alumni and friends for the first time or we reconnect after many years. Always during their conversations we hear, “Do you remember…?” It never matters if they graduated in the 1950’s or 2000’s, lived on campus or off, or participated in campus organizations or athletics. Everyone has shared memories of their years at Western.

So, as President, I have a challenge for you. During the next year, I hope you will attend an alumni event in your area, or come to homecoming (Oct. 3) and reconnect with Western. Share your memories of Western with others whenever the opportunity presents itself. Western prepared us for life. Continue to be an active part of Western’s unique culture. BE A LIFETIME LEATHERNECK!

My own challenge for this year is to meet as many alumni as I am possibly able. And, when we see each other at Western or elsewhere, I hope you will introduce yourself so we can share some of our great WIU memories.



Carol Lewis Scott ‘70

Alumni Council Members Sought

The WIU Alumni Association is looking for dedicated leaders of all ages, ethnicity, gender, geographic location, career fields, etc. to serve on the WIU Alumni Council. If you or someone you know is an active alumnus that would be a good candidate, please send the application form and resume to the Alumni Association at 1 University Circle, Macomb, IL 61455 or fax (309)298-2914. The deadline is March 1. (You may save and email your form to only if your computer has Adobe Acrobat Professional, not Adobe Acrobat Reader.)

Or, click here to print off and then fill out the application form.

2015 - 2016 Council Members

Alumni Council Featured Member

Eldon Brown 1996Eldon Brown

Degree: Bachelor of Science degree in law enforcement and justice administration from WIU.


Business Information: West and Southwest regional delivery manager at Fruition Partners in San Jose, California

Advice for Freshmen: Get involved! Join a student organization, and academic club, or student government. The experiences and friendships you make there will serve you professionally and personally for the rest of your life. Seek out mentors in your academic departments, residence halls, and student organizations. Take advantage of every opportunity to get outside your comfort zone and learn something about people different from you. In the process, you'll end up learning the most about yourself.

Favorite WIU Memory: Living and working in Wetzel Hall as an ACD, hanging out at the purple couches between meetings or classes, the many late nights in the computer labs finishing assignments or chatting with friends, giving tours during summer orientation, helping to plan BGLFA Awareness Week, Homecoming, and so many other things!

Family Information/Special Interests and Hobbies:  My family is in Illinois and I currently live and work in Silicon Valley. I'm a big geek at heart. As an avid traveler and private pilot, I love to explore the world whenever possible. I'm the proud uncle of two nephews and a niece.