Board of Trustees welcomes new member

The Honorable Judge Robbin Stuckert administers the oath of office Thursday, May 12, to new NIU Trustee Robert T. Marshall (left) and returning trustees Marc J. Strauss and Cherilyn G. Murer.
The Honorable Judge Robbin Stuckert administers the oath of office Thursday, May 12, to new NIU Trustee Robert T. Marshall (left) and returning trustees Marc J. Strauss and Cherilyn G. Murer.

NIU welcomed a new member to its Board of Trustees Thursday morning with the swearing in of Robert T. Marshall Jr.

Also sworn in were board Chair Marc J. Strauss and Trustee Cherilyn G. Murer, each of whom was reappointed to a second six-year term on the board by Gov. Pat. Quinn.

Before swearing in the appointees, the Honorable Judge Robbin Stuckert, of the 16th Judicial Circuit, reminded all present that the need for a formal oath was an indicator of the significant role that trustees are asked to play.

“We require an oath because the consequences of the things being considered are substantial,” Stuckert said. “It gives assurance and public recognition that we will do our utmost to live up to that obligation.”

Marshall, a resident of Park Forest, Ill., was a student at the university when it made the transition from Northern Illinois State College to Northern Illinois University. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in physical education (1961) and went on to earn a master’s degree in education, guidance and counseling (1967).

Now retired, Marshall started his career as a Chicago Public Schools teacher before moving into higher education at South Suburban College in South Holland, where he worked for three decades. First hired as a college counselor, he moved into various high-level administrative posts, including interim college president, vice president for student services and dean of students.

He reconnected with the university six years ago at an alumni event. Impressed by the energy in the room that night, he soon became an active member that organization.

Since then, he has lent his time and expertise as a member of the Strategic Plan Task Force, the February 14th Memorial Committee, the Presidential Teaching Professorship Awards Committee and the Vision 2020 Student Experience Work Group.

An avid fisherman, he joked that he promised not to let his hobby interfere with board duties.

As he started his second term on the board, Strauss said that he looks forward to seeing through to completion the many initiatives launched in the last six years.

Murer said that the start of her second term is an emotional moment for her. “I love this university,” she said, “and it is an honor and privilege to serve on its Board of Trustees.”

The university’s other new trustee, Judge Anthony Iosco, was unable to make Thursday’s ceremony because of an emergency court proceeding. Iosco will be sworn in at a later date.

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