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Meet the Board

Mr. Joseph R. Dively - Chairperson

Joseph R. Dively

Mr. Joe Dively was named to the EIU Board of Trustees in October 2011. He is chairman and CEO of First Mid-Illinois Bancshares Inc., based in Mattoon, Ill. Mr. Dively's business career includes service 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 Illinois Bankers Association.

He received his bachelor of science degree in business from EIU in 1981, and was presented the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2003.

Mr. Timothy Burke - Vice Chairperson

Tim Burke

Timothy Burke was appointed to the EIU Board of Trustees in March 2015. Mr. Burke earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Eastern Illinois University in 1971 and 1972. A certified public accountant, Mr. Burke currently is with William Blair & Company in a risk management capacity after having served as a partner and the company’s chief financial officer. Previously, he was with Arthur Andersen for more than 20 years and a partner in the firm’s Financial Services group.

While at Andersen, Mr. Burke led a World Bank project in Indonesia to reform the nation’s securities markets. Mr. Burke is a member of the Board of Directors of Health Care Service Corporation, which is the holding company for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Montana; the Board of Directors of the Mather Foundation; and the Board of the Eastern Illinois University Foundation. He was the president of the Foundation Board in 2012 and 2013. He is a member of the AICPA, Illinois CPA Society, and the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association. Mr. Burke, originally from Mattoon, and his wife reside in Evanston, Ill.

Mr. Carl Mito - Secretary

Mr. Carl Mito

Carl Mito was named to the EIU Board of Trustees in May 2016. Carl is a Managing Director of Investments at Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. He has volunteered in a variety of capacities at Eastern, including as a member of both the School of Business Advisory Board and the EIU Foundation. A five-term member of the School of Business Advisory Board, he was an early supporter of the Securities Analysis Center and later hosted events in his Chicago office to connect business graduates with the University and promote the center’s benefits to students.

He and his late wife established the Carl and Marion Mito Excellence in Finance Endowment Fund in 2003 to benefit the School of Business on an ongoing basis as part of his philanthropic commitment. Carl was the recipient of the 2012 EIU Foundation’s Outstanding Philanthropic Award and also the recipient of the 2012 Louis V. Hencken Alumni Service Award.

A member of EIU’s Capital Campaign External Steering Committee, which provided guidance as the University significantly exceeded its goal. Carl also delivered the commencement address to EIU’s graduates in December 2011. Having joined Delta Chi Fraternity as an undergraduate, he maintained his connection with that group after his 1972 graduation and assisted with the planning of its 2006 alumni reunion on campus.

In addition to his continuing support of EIU, he also sat on the Board of Directors for the Cancer Wellness Center and served on the Executive Committee, Co-Chaired the fundraising committee and led Team Marion for the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition Walk as he continues the fight against cancer.

Mr. Daniel P. Caulkins - Member Pro-Tem

Daniel P. Caulkins

Daniel Caulkins, who was appointed to the EIU Board of Trustees in November 2015, earned his bachelor’s degree in business from Eastern in 1973. Mr. Caulkins has more than 40 years of business and management experience, as well as experience in local government. Currently, he is the vice president and COO of Patterson House Inc., which operates homes for adults with developmental disabilities. In addition, he assists in the operation of Franciscan Properties Inc. in West Chicago.

Mr. Caulkins serves on the board of directors of the Central Illinois Capital Development Board and presides over FISH Ltd., a Decatur, Ill.-based civic organization. He is active in the Decatur Area Arts Council and previously served on the Decatur City Council (2005-2009). He is a veteran of the U.S. Army and the Illinois National Guard. Mr. Caulkins and his wife, Jo, have lived in Decatur since 1978.

Dr. Jan Spivey Gilchrist

Dr. Jan Spivey Gilchrist

Jan Spivey Gilchrist of Olympia Fields was appointed to the EIU Board of Trustees in May of 2013. 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 throughout 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," was 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. Phillip "P.J." Thompson

Mr. Phillip Thompson

Ms. Barb Baurer

Mr. Derek Pierce