Board Leadership
Christine M. Wiseman, J.D., Chairwoman

Christine M. Wiseman, J.D. Chairwoman

Christine M. Wiseman, J.D. is the President of Saint Xavier University in Chicago and the immediate past Provost of Loyola University Chicago, where she also held a tenured position as Professor of Law. She currently serves on the Board of Mount Aloysius College in Pennsylvania, and served on the Board of Trustees of St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia from 2006-12, where she also chaired its Academic Affairs Committee. Before joining Loyola in 2007, Professor Wiseman served as Vice President for Academic Affairs at Creighton University and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Marquette University, where she was a member of its tenured law faculty for 22 years.

Earlier in her career, President Wiseman served as an Assistant Wisconsin Attorney General with the Criminal Appeals Division and a law clerk to the Honorable Robert W. Warren, deceased Chief Judge for the United States District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin. She also has served as reporter to the Wisconsin State Bar Committee on Justice and the Judiciary and the State Bar Litigation Section. She was a member of the Wisconsin Task Force on Equal Justice, the Board of Attorneys’ Professional Responsibility and the Board of Bar Examiners. In 1989, then Professor Wiseman received the Wisconsin Civil Liberties Union Volunteer Attorney of the Year Award for her seven-year pro bono representation of Texas death row inmate Billy Conn Gardner, who was executed in 1995. She was also recognized in 2000 as a “Woman of Influence” by the Wisconsin Business Journal, and in 2010, she was recognized as one of the “Most Powerful and Influential” women in Illinois by the National Diversity Council. Last year she was appointed by Governor Quinn to the Illinois Board of Higher Education.

President Wiseman has been a member of the Wisconsin State Elections Board and the Board of the Federal Defender Services of Eastern Wisconsin, Inc. Prior to leaving Marquette University in 2002, she received the Spirit of the Law School Award for serving as a role model for a generation of Marquette lawyers, and in April 2003, she was named Marquette University Law Alumna of the Year. Upon leaving her position at Creighton University in 2007, the Christine M. Wiseman, J.D. Scholarship for Disadvantaged Women was named in her honor. She remains Associate Editor of the International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology and is co-author of Wisconsin Practice: Criminal Practice & Procedure (West 2008, 2d Ed.) and Punitive Damages: Law and Practice (West 2000). She is an honorary member of both Alpha Sigma Nu and Phi Beta Kappa.

Steven C. Bahls, Vice Chairman

Steven C. Bahls Vice Chairman

Steven C. Bahls became the eighth president of Augustana College in 2003. As he began his eleventh year as president, he did so looking forward to the implementation of a new strategic plan, and to the publication of a new book on effective governance in higher education.

Steve has written extensively about a wide range of higher education topics, from teaching financial literacy to new models for improving the affordability gap. He is a regular contributor to Inside Higher Education's "Alma Mater" blog, and his work has been published in Trusteeship, Huffington Post and the Chronicle of Higher Education. He is the author of a forthcoming book from the Association of Governing Boards on effective governance within colleges and universities.

A recognized scholar in the area of business law and agricultural law, Steve's writings about legal issues have been cited by 150 scholarly law journals, including the Harvard, Yale, Cornell and Columbia Law Reviews, and have been cited in reported court opinions in seven states. Prior to joining Augustana College, he was dean at Capital University Law School, a position he assumed after serving as associate dean and professor at the University of Montana School of Law. He is a CPA and a lawyer.

He is active as a leader in his community. Since coming to the Quad Cities, he has served on the boards of the Illowa Council of Boy Scouts of America, the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce, the local United Way, the Quad City Symphony Orchestra Association and Genesis Health System. He holds an undergraduate degree (with highest distinction) from the University of Iowa, and a J.D. (with honors) from the Northwestern University School of Law.

Dr. Gene C. Crume, Jr., Secretary Treasurer

Dr. Gene C. Crume, Jr.Secretary Treasurer

Dr. Gene C. Crume, Jr. was named Judson University’s sixth president in February, 2013. Before coming to Judson, Dr. Crume served as an independent consultant working with institutions such as Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and the Peru State College Foundation (Nebraska) on issues related to external relations (marketing, communications, fundraising) and strategic planning. Dr. Crume spent a significant portion of his career at his alma mater, Western Kentucky University (WKU), where he served as the Executive Director of the WKU Alumni Association and taught as an adjunct instructor. His career also includes serving as Executive Vice President and Assistant Professor at Midland Lutheran College (now Midland University) and President of the Indiana State University Foundation.

While at Midland Lutheran College, Dr. Crume served on the President’s Cabinet and was operationally responsible for admissions, athletics, constituent relations, development, financial aid and marketing. He served as the chief development officer and led efforts that resulted in a 13 percent increase in annual gift revenue during his tenure. He oversaw student recruitment and admissions and successfully created strategies for targeted communications, opening new markets, embracing new technologies and creating a recruiting approach that involved the entire campus community. At Indiana State, he successfully led the first comprehensive fundraising campaign in school history, raising over $85 million.

Dr. Crume grew up in Owensboro, Kentucky, and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations and his Master’s degree in Communications from Western Kentucky University. He went on to earn his Ph.D. in Education with a minor concentration in organizational leadership from the University of Virginia. He has served as an assistant professor or adjunct instructor for classes in business, public relations and communications at several institutions, and served as a keynote speaker at college commencements, leadership seminars and association meetings. Dr. Crume has authored articles for national magazines, newspapers and academic journals.