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Federation of Independent
Illinois Colleges & Universities
1123 South Second Street
Springfield, Illinois 62704
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Chairman

Richard F. Wilson, Chairman

Richard F. Wilson has served as the President of Illinois Wesleyan University since 2004. Working with faculty, staff, students and alums, he has implemented strategic initiatives that emphasize teaching and learning, student development, sustainability efforts and engaging with the community and the world. Illinois Wesleyan is also in the midst of a $125 million fund-raising campaign that will build the endowment for student scholarships, invest in faculty and programs, and enhance campus facilities. Dr. Wilson is currently chair of the Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities.


Vice Chairman

Dr. Arol Augsburger, Vice Chairman

Dr. Arol Augsburger, an Ohio State University College of Optometry cum laude graduate (’71) with a Doctor of Optometry degree, is President of the Illinois College of Optometry, the oldest and largest college of optometry in the country and the largest provider of vision care in Illinois in its clinic, the Illinois Eye Institute. The Illinois College of Optometry is located within the State Senate District in which President Barack Obama represented as the former Illinois State Senator. Dr. Augsburger completed three degrees (B.S., M.S. and O.D.) at The Ohio State University. Prior to his appointment at ICO in 2002, his 30 years of leadership in higher education included positions as the Interim Provost of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), Dean and Professor of the UAB College of Optometry, and Professor of Clinical Optometry at The Ohio State University College of Optometry. Dr. Augsburger was honored in 2008 by the American Optometric Association as the year’s Distinguished Service Awardee. He is the Illinois Optometric Association’s Optometrist of the year for 2007. Dr. Augsburger was also named Optometrist of the Year in two other states (Alabama and Ohio) where he previously served. Dr. Augsburger has held multiple board offices of national professional associations, such as the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry and the National Board of Examiners in Optometry. He recently finished his term as the President of the Rotary Club of Chicago, the world’s first Rotary Club. He serves on the Board of the Partnership Foundation for Optometric Education, the Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities, the Near South Planning Board of Chicago, and the Jackson Park Hospital Foundation. He was appointed to the President’s Council of The Chicago Lighthouse for people who are blind or visually impaired and also to the Bubbly Creek Advisory Board by Mayor Richard M. Daley.


Secretary Treasurer

Christine M. Wiseman, J.D., Secretary Treasurer

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 Trustees of St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and is Chair of 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. President Wiseman is currently Secretary-Treasurer for the Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities


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