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 31, 2015
Western Illinois University
Macomb, Illinois

2015 Alumni Council Meetings
Saturday, January 31
Saturday, April 18
Friday, October 2

New members elected

We are pleased to welcome John Meixner '95 '05, Regional Superintendent of Schools in Hancock and McDonough counties from Macomb, IL; Erika Lowe '09, Associate Director of Board and Committee Relations at the School of the Art Institute from Chicago; Tom O'Brien '07, Attorney at O'Brien and Somer in MoKena, IL, from Chicago; and Kellie Esters '93, Vice President of Fund Development and Donor Relations at UnityPoint Health – Trinity Health Foundation in Moline, IL, from Bettendorf, IA.

A letter from the Alumni Council President

Jeff McElroy
Dear Alumni and Friends:

For more than half of my life, WIU has been a part of who I am. For me personally, I will be forever indebted to Western Illinois University for providing me the opportunity to establish lifelong friendships and access to professors and advisors who served as mentors that facilitated my growth as a student, a leader and a person. It is with great humility and honor that I take the reins as the President of the Western Illinois University Alumni Association.

Rarely a day goes by that I do not encounter something WIU. Whether it is passing a giant purple billboard along a highway, a proudly displayed window decal or license plate, seeing someone wearing Leatherneck gear, or discovering a business contact that also has a WIU connection - I seem to notice WIU students and alumni almost everywhere. The tradition is for a new Alumni Council President to offer a challenge to our nearly 120,000 alumni across the world. Mine is very simple. Share your Western story.

The Western Illinois University experience is a unique one for each of us. Next time you come across a WIU connection in your life, make a point of acknowledging it. Come out to one of the many WIU Alumni events held around the country each year ( Take time to reconnect with an old roommate, fraternity/sorority member or former professor. Perhaps it is time to reflect on those at WIU that have made a difference in your life or career and thank them for their influence. However you decide to share your Western story, do it proudly. Once a Leatherneck, always a Leatherneck.

Jeffery L. McElroy
President, WIU Alumni Council

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 nomination 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 nomination form.

2014 - 2015 Council Members

Alumni Council Featured Member

Erika Lowe 2009Erika Lowe

BA in Communication from WIU and Master of Education from the University of South Carolina in 2013


Business Information: Associate Director of Board and Committee Relations at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Chicago.

Advice for Freshman: Start forming your own personal Board of Trustees--professors, mentors, or professionals that can give you career, business, and life advice for those tough questions like "what do you want to do after college?" or "should I go to grad school or work first?"  They will probably give you the most honest answers you'll ever hear.  Get an internship somewhere you've never lived. Study abroad. Join a few clubs, but also be an executive board member.  Work hard, play hard, and try to live up every second of those 4 years.   And finally, don't forget Western after you've graduated...give back and go visit! 

Favorite WIU Memory: My entire junior year...after studying abroad in Europe,  I lived in the Delta Zeta house, worked-part time on campus, and was really getting involved--Homecoming Court, multiple clubs and honor societies.  Spring break was in the Bahamas with my DZ sisters and then spent the summer interning in Chicago. Junior year is where it's at! Take me back! 

Family Information/Special Interests and Hobbies:  My closest friends in Chicago are my sorority sisters from WIU!  You can usually find me doing things I love: traveling somewhere new, reading a good book, running, skiing, attempting to golf, volunteering, cheering on the Cubs and Bears, or hunting down the perfect rooftop view of the greatest city in the world...Chicago!