College of Arts and Sciences

College of Arts and Sciences Advancement Board

Mission statement

The Advancement Board supports the College of Arts and Sciences as advocates for the college and assists the dean in securing support for the college’s programs of undergraduate and graduate education, outreach to the global community, and faculty research, scholarship, and creative activity. Individual members of the board may focus their efforts on specific programs or disciplines within the college, but agree that their first responsibility is to the advancement of the college as a whole.

CAS Advancement Board Members

A cross-section of successful leaders will help Western’s College of Arts and Sciences to secure support for undergraduate and graduate programs, and assistance for faculty research, scholarship and service, and communicate with the global community, Dean Inessa Levi announced.

The Advancement Board of CAS will include a number of prominent individuals.

  • Jim Phillips (Forreston, IL), earned his B.A. from WIU in 1998, his M.A in 2000 and is the Honors Program Director at Highland Community College in Freeport, IL.
  • Donald Dexter (Macomb, IL) is a long-time Macomb resident. A retired physician and general surgeon he is the former director of Beu Health Center on the WIU Macomb campus. Dexter now serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for McDonough District Hospital.
  • Lorraine Epperson (Macomb, IL) owner of Purdum-Epperson Century 21 Real Estate, earned a B.S. degree from WIU in 1948 and an M.S. in 1952; formerly a WIU Trustee, she is a Foundation Board member and a recipient of a Distinguished Alumni Award.
  • Kurt W. Jefferson (Columbia, MO) is a native of Macomb, earned his B.A from WIU in 1988 and is currently Professor and Chair of the Political Science Department at Westminster College in Fulton, MO. He is also the Director for the Center for Engaging the World in the Churchill Institute at Westminster.
  • Linda Janus (Arlington Heights, IL) received her B.A. in History from WIU in 1970 and received her M.A. in History in 1991 from Northeastern Illinois University. Linda retired from teaching in 2003 and is Chair of the Board for the Northwest Center Against Sexual Assualt. She is also President of her chapter of Questor's, a group involved with history and antiques and is active in her church as a Deacon for Missions, Moderator and Finacial Secretary for the past four years. 

The board's activities include promoting CAS as WIU's central academic unit, advocating for increased support for the College, and helping to establish partnerships with individuals and corporations that will benefit students and the cooperating parties.