SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS/WRSP) — Gov. JB Pritzker, D-Illinois, has appointed three people to the University of Illinois System Board of Trustees.
On Friday, Pritzker named the following individuals to six-year terms on the board:
The board, which oversees the U of I System, consists of 13 members, 11 of whom vote.
The governor appoints nine trustees to the board. No more than five board members may belong to a single political party.
Cepeda is a Darien resident and political independent.
Cepeda earned a bachelor's degree in criminal justice and economics from the University of Illinois Chicago.
Currently, is senior vice president and managing director at The Northern Trust Company, a financial services company headquartered in Chicago. Officials say this is one of the largest banking institutions in the nation.
Additionally, Cepeda is a trustee of the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago.
This is Cepeda's second term as a trustee. He was first appointed to the board in 2015 by then-Gov. Bruce Rauner.
Phalen is a Republican from Springfield.
She earned a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) and her MBA from the University of Illinois Springfield.
Phalen serves as the president and CEO of INB, a 13-branch bank headquartered in Springfield.
In addition, she is the treasurer of the Springfield Sangamon Growth Alliance and treasurer of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation.
Craig Shilling is a political independent from Okawville.
She earned a bachelor's degree in agricultural communications from UIUC.
Craig Shilling has worked in agricultural communications since joining Monsanto in 1990.
She is currently an agronomy knowledge transfer lead with Bayer Crop Science.