Meet our Board
Mr. Joseph R. Dively - Chairperson
Mr. Joe Dively was named to the EIU Board of Trustees in October 2011. He is president of First Mid- Illinois Bank and Trust (Mattoon, Ill.), with a business career that includes serving as a senior vice president for Consolidated Communications and in sales and management roles with IBM and Caterpillar.
A Charleston native, Mr. Dively has served his alma mater as president of the Alumni Association, chair of the Business School Advisory Board, and as a member of both the EIU Foundation Board and the Panther Club. He has been an active member of the business community, serving as chair of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, president of the Charleston Chamber of Commerce, chair of the Sarah Bush Lincoln Health System, and on the board of the U.S. Telecom Association. He currently serves on the board of directors for First Mid-Illinois Bancshares Inc.
He received his bachelor of science degree in business from EIU in 1981, and was presented the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2003.
Mr. Kristopher Goetz - Vice-Chairperson
Mr. Kristopher M. Goetz of Lombard was named to the EIU Board of Trustees in October 2011. He has spent the past decade in the healthcare industry where he has served as a consultant to hospitals nationwide, leading operational and quality improvement initiatives. He is currently a Vice President at Kaufman Hall in Skokie, Illinois, where he is accountable for leading strategic cost management initiatives at hospitals nationwide. Mr. Goetz’s expertise in Six Sigma and lean process improvement methodologies has resulted in significant improvements in patient safety and hospital operations. He has published several articles on patient care finance, improving quality and safety in hospitals, and implementing high reliability principles in risk management arenas.
Mr. Goetz earned his bachelor’s of arts degree in psychology from EIU in 1998 and his master’s degree in clinical psychology from EIU in 2000.
Mr. Rene M. Hutchinson - Secretary
Mr. Rene M. Hutchinson was named to the EIU Board of Trustees in October 2011. Previously, he had served on the Eastern Illinois University Alumni Association's Board of Directors since 2003. Mr. Hutchinson has been with Allstate Insurance for the past 25 years, working in various areas of the company, including finance, underwriting, agency sales and compliance. He is an active member of the community, speaking to Chicago area high school students regarding the importance of education
Mr. Hutchinson received his bachelor of science degree in business from EIU in 1974.
Dr. Robert D. Webb - Member Pro-Tem
Dr. Robert Webb of Mattoon has served as a member of the EIU Board of Trustees since August 2004. His career in education includes serving as the principal and a classroom teacher at Harvel Elementary School in Harvel, Ill., and superintendent of schools in the Shelbyville School District, as well as superintendent in the Panhandle School District in Raymond, Ill. In 1967, Dr. Webb took the position of vice president of administration at Lake Land College in Mattoon, Ill. In 1972, he became president of Lake Land College and held that position until 1984. Following his career in education, Dr. Webb served as the vice president and chairman of the board of Johnston Super Markets Inc. in Shelbyville, Ill., from 1984 to 2000.
Dr. Webb has also served as president of various professional and community service organizations, including the Mattoon and Shelbyville Rotary Clubs, Illinois Community College Presidents and the Mattoon Association of Commerce.
Dr. Webb received his bachelor of science degree from Illinois State University and both his master of administration and his doctorate degrees from the University of Illinois.
Mr. William E. Dano III
Mr. William E. Dano III of Oswego was named to the EIU Board of Trustees in October 2011. He began his professional career in 1988, giving him more than 20 years of business experience in sales management for such companies as Avaya, Fujitsu, Lucent Technologies and AT&T. Mr. Dano currently serves as a Regional Sales Director for Gigamon, headquartered in Milpitas, California.
He and his family (wife, Lori; daughters, Kayla and Kelsey) are “die-hard Cub fans, Bears fans and Blackhawk fans.”
Mr. Dano is an alumnus of Eastern; he received his bachelor’s degree from Aurora University.
Dr. Jan Spivey Gilchrist
Jan Spivey Gilchrist of Olympia Fields is the newest governor-appointed member of EIU’s Board of Trustees. In addition to having earned her bachelor’s degree in art education from Eastern in 1973, she was named a Distinguished Alumna by the EIU Alumni Association in 1992 and is recognized on the EIU Notable Alumni website.
An award-winning writer and illustrator, Dr. Gilchrist has exhibited extensively throughout the United States, Asia, Africa, Europe and the Caribbean. She has won numerous awards and commissions hroughout her career, and has also written and illustrated picture books, including Obama: The Day the World Danced, the first picture book in the U.S. about the historical election. Dr. Gilchrist has also illustrated many of Eloise Greenfield's books, including the acclaimed The Great Migration: Journey to the North.
The Girl Who Buried Her Dreams in a Can, a picture book autobiography written by Dr. Tererai Trent, Oprah Winfrey’s “all time favorite guest," will be published in Fall 2014. Her collaboration with Ashley Bryan on the book, My America, featured in “The Road to the White House,” has been the inspiration for the Bryan/Gilchrist Collaboration Award, given to the children who can best work together on a collaborative enterprise.
She was inducted into the International Hall of Fame for Writers of African Descent in October 2000. She was also inducted into the prestigious Society of Illustrators in 2001.
Mr. Roger L. Kratochvil
Mr. Roger L. Kratochvil of Mt. Olive has served as a member of the EIU Board of Trustees since August 2004. He is retired from the Mt. Olive school system where he served 24 years in various capacities, including athletic director, guidance counselor and as a coach for the baseball, basketball and football teams. In 1981, Mr. Kratochvil was inducted into the Illinois Coaches Hall of Fame and, in 1998, into the Eastern Illinois University Athletic Hall of Fame. Following his teaching career, he served as principal of Mt. Olive High School.
He continues to be an active member of the community, serving as president of the Mt. Olive Academic Foundation, vice president of the Macoupin County Housing Authority, and on the Advisory Committee for Lincoln Land Community College. Mr. Kratochvil has written several columns for the Mt. Olive Herald, including "Why We Love and Respect Our Military Veterans and Their Stories" and "Baseball, People and Their Stories," which highlights his more than 20 years experience working with the St. Louis Cardinals
He received his bachelor of arts degree in education from EIU in 1960, his master's degree from Southern Illinois University in 1966, and his master of educational administration degree from the University of Illinois–Springfield in 1984.
Mr. Mitchell Gurick - Student Representative
Mr. Mitchell Gurick was elected executive vice president and student trustee after serving four semesters on Student Government. Most recently, he held the Speaker of the Student Senate position. As student trustee, Mr. Gurick represents the voice and opinions of the student body to the Board of Trustees. Aside from Student Government, he is active in Greek life with his fraternity, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, and he was EIU’s Homecoming Prince. He also is involved with Phi Beta Lambda, New Student Programs as a Prowl Leader, and co-teaches a University Foundations course.
Mr. Gurick plans to graduate from Eastern Illinois University in May 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in business education. He grew up in Hinsdale, Illinois located in the southwest suburbs of Chicago.