Small, president of the NIU Operating Staff Council and NIU’s representative on the committee, was elected during the group’s Jan. 16-17 meeting at the SUCSS headquarters in Urbana.
Members are elected by civil service employees at each of the universities and agencies served. Delegates meet quarterly to represent their constituents by functioning in an advisory capacity to the Merit Board on “all matters pertaining to the University System.”
Created as a separate entity of the State of Illinois by the 67th General Assembly and operating since Jan. 1, 1952, SUCSS is empowered through the University Civil Service Merit Board to develop, maintain and administer a comprehensive and efficient program of human resource administration for the higher education community.
“This is an honor for our NIU colleague,” said Deborah Haliczer, assistant vice president for Employee Relations and president of the Supportive Professional Staff Council, “and a positive position that can benefit our civil service staff.”
At NIU, Small has served as chemistry laboratory manager in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry since 1989.
He has played a key role in maintaining the highest standards of laboratory safety in the department, literally writing the book on laboratory safety. His Safety Procedures Manual for the department has seen 22 editions and is cited as a model of best practices.
Small was honored by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences through its Distinguished Alumni, Faculty and Staff Awards for 2013.
On campus, he is member of the University Council and the Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars. He has served on NIU’s last two Presidential Search Committees and the Athletic Board and teaches UNIV101.
The next meeting of the University Advisory Committee takes place April 10-11 at Eastern Illinois University.