New student trustee Robert Sorsby sworn in

Robert Sorsby takes the oath of office Thursday morning from Board of Trustees Chair Marc Strauss. Photo by Bob Banke, NIU Media Services.
Robert Sorsby takes the oath of office Thursday morning from Board of Trustees Chair Marc Strauss. Photo by Bob Banke, NIU Media Services.

Robert Sorsby, NIU’s new student trustee, was sworn in Thursday morning before the meeting of the Academic Affairs, Student Affairs and Personnel Committee of the Board of Trustees.

Sorsby, whose term officially began July 1, is a senior who expects to graduate next May with a bachelor of science degree in business administration and a minor in anthropology.

He served as president of the Student Association last year and, during his sophomore year, served as director of mass transit for the SA. Outside of the Chicago Transit Authority, the Huskie Bus Line is the second-largest mass transit system within the State of Illinois.

Robert Sorsby's parents and NIU President John Peters also attended Thursday morning's swearing-in ceremony.
Robert Sorsby's parents and NIU President John Peters also attended Thursday morning's swearing-in ceremony.

Beyond his student goverment roles, Sorsby is president of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. He also put his leadership skills to work as director of orientation for the Black Male Initiative at NIU as well as serving as a peer instructor in a University 101 class.

Sorsby also has held various internship positions within Sears Holding Corp. in Hoffman Estates and Rockford over the last few summers.

BOT Chair Marc Strauss, who administered the oath of office to Sorsby, said the new student trustee’s “long track record of service to (his) fellow students will be a tremendous asset to our board.”

“How you manage to serve your fellow students with these significant leadership positions is a testimony to your fortitude and dedication,”  Strauss said. “We are delighted to have you join the board this year, Robert. We look forward to the critical perspective you bring to our deliberations. This board takes the opinions and counsel of the student trustee very seriously, and I want you to know we are looking forward to working with you next year.”

Sorsby is a native of Glenwood, Ill.

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