University Park, IL –(ENEWSPF)–February 16, 2017. Masah Renwick, Cornelius Griggs, and Carney Barr were appointed to the Governors State University Board of Trustees by Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner in late January. Their terms expire in 2023. The Governor also reappointed current trustee Patrick Ormbsy for a second six year term.
The Board of Trustees is responsible for the governance of GSU, with statutory powers and the duty to operate, manage, control, and maintain the university. The appointments must be confirmed by the Illinois Senate and, until then, are considered temporary. However, the appointees hold all the rights and privileges of a university trustee during the interim period.
“We are pleased to welcome these highly qualified new members and appreciate the reappointment of Trustee Ormsby to the GSU Board of Trustees,” said GSU President Elaine P. Maimon. “Their skills and insight will help guide the university as we address the challenging issues facing higher education today. Their civic, professional, and managerial experience coupled with their commitment to higher education and the southland region make them excellent choices. We thank Governor Rauner for appointing these dedicated members to our Board of Trustees.”
Attorney Masah Renwick of Olympia Fields owns the Renwick Firm, Inc. in Homewood focusing on family law. Previously she worked for the Lakeside Law Group and the Law Offices of Jeffery M. Leving. She also worked as a Will County State’s Assistant Attorney for four years. Renwick earned her bachelor’s degree and law degree from Indiana University.
Cornelius Griggs of Chicago has more than ten years of experience in construction management and is currently the President of GMA Construction Group. He served on the Community Development Commission and the Community Land Trust Board of Directors under the City of Chicago. He also served on the Board of Directors of Introspect Youth Services. Griggs earned his bachelor’s degree from Chicago State University and his master’s degrees from the Illinois Institute of Technology and Northwestern University.
Carney Barr of Olympia Fields has served on the GSU Foundation Board of Directors since 1976. Since 1981 Barr has worked for Rich Township in several capacities, including Rich Township Trustee, finance manager, and most recently finance advisor. Previously, Barr worked at Amoco Corporation as Government Affairs Coordinator and Senior Staff Program Coordinator. Barr earned his bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University, MBA from American University, and post graduate degree in public administration and business administration from Governors State University.
Patrick Ormsby of Olympia Fields was reappointed to the board for his second six-year term. Ormsby is president of Bimba Manufacturing Company, an employee-owned company of approximately 450 employees with corporate headquarters in Monee. Ormsby earned a B.S. degree in accounting from Regis University in Denver and is a Certified Public Accountant. During his tenure on the Board, Ormsby oversaw the transformation of GSU into a four-year institution, the construction of the university’s first student residences, and the multi-million dollar renovation of labs, classrooms, and the library.
Completing their terms on the board are Brian Mitchell, who was first appointed in 2011 and was elected board chair in 2014; Eileen Durkin, whose term began in 2011 and has served as Vice Chair since 2014; and Jack Beaupre, who has been a member of the Board since 2000 and has served as Chair, Vice Chair, and Secretary during his tenure.
“We are profoundly grateful for the dedicated service of Brian Mitchell, Eileen Durkin, and Jack Beaupre,” said Dr. Maimon. “Their commitment to our mission and to our students helped the university transform itself into the vibrant student-centered institution we are today. Their contributions can be measured in the continued success of GSU, our rising enrollment, and our ability to provide an excellent return on investment for our students. We look forward to thanking these outstanding university citizens at the March 3 Board of Trustees meeting.”
The next scheduled meeting of the GSU Board of Trustees is March 3, 2017. Governors State University is located at 1 University Parkway, University Park. For more information, visit www.govst.edu.
Governors State University serves approximately 6000; undergraduate and graduate students with degree and certificate programs that prepare them for success in business, industry, healthcare, the arts and education. As a state university, GSU is committed to providing high-quality, accessible, and responsible higher education opportunities. GSU is located 30 miles south of Chicago in University Park, IL and is committed to embracing diversity and academic excellence.
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