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Rives Appointed to QC Board, State Commission

November 6, 2012

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MOLINE, IL – Joe Rives, vice president of Quad Cities and planning at Western Illinois University, has been appointed to the Quad City Health Initiative (QCHI) Board and to the Serve Illinois Commission.

The QCHI is a community partnership working to create a healthy community. A 25-member community board, which was established in 1999, oversees the organization. The initiative seeks to be the community's recognized leader for creating collaborative action on health and abides by the core values of commitment, collaboration and creativity.

The Serve Illinois Commission, a 25-35 member, bi-partisan board appointed by Gov. Pat Quinn, works to improve Illinois communities by enhancing traditional volunteer activities and supporting national service programs. The commission works to expand volunteerism throughout rural, suburban and urban Illinois, involving people of all backgrounds, cultures, ages and abilities.

Rives joined Western's administration in 2005 after serving at Illinois State University since 1990. Rives is the University's point of contact for Quad Cities economic development issues; provides leadership for University-wide planning; and is responsible for institutional accreditation for the Higher Learning Commission-North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

In addition to serving on the QCHI Board and Serve Illinois Commission, Rives is the chair of Renew Moline's Project Management Team (PMT) and serves on Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce Regional Opportunities Council. He is active in the National Association of Branch Campus Administrators, Illinois and National Association of Institutional Research, Society for College and University Planning and the Higher Learning Commission. He works with Illinois and Iowa community colleges to institute collaborative educational paths, and is the vice chair and chair of the Council of Member Institutions for the Quad Cities Graduate Study Center.

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