Gov. Pat Quinn has reappointed Orland Park resident Rocky Donahue to the Board of Trustees of Illinois State University. Pending Senate confirmation, Donahue’s new appointment runs through January 2019. Quinn first appointed Donahue to the University’s governing board in October 2011, filling a vacancy left by retiring Trustee Carl Kasten.
“Trustee Donahue has earned the respect and admiration of the Illinois State community, meeting with shared governance groups and attending a variety of academic, cultural and athletic events on campus,” said President Al Bowman.
Donahue earned his bachelor’s degree in finance from Illinois State in 1982. He also holds a master’s degree in public administration from Roosevelt University. Donahue currently serves as deputy executive director of external relations at Pace Suburban Bus, the regional transit agency providing service in Chicago and its suburbs.
“I know I speak for the entire Board in saying congratulations to Trustee Donahue and thank you to Gov. Quinn for this reappointment,” said Board Chairperson Michael McCuskey. “Rocky has been an active and engaged trustee and we are grateful for his continuing service to the State of Illinois and to Illinois State University.”
In addition to his responsibilities as a trustee, Donahue also serves as a member of the Board’s Audit Committee, a group that examines the University’s internal and external audit processes. He is also a regular participant in the Illinois State’s Trustee-In-Residence program. Illinois public university trustees are not compensated for their service.
“I have been honored to serve as an Illinois State University trustee for the past 17 months, and I look forward to many more active years of participation,” Donahue said. “I am committed to excellence in Illinois public higher education, and I can’t think of an institution that exemplifies excellence more than Illinois State.”