SXU’s president appointed to Illinois Board of Higher Education

Saint Xavier University President Christine M. Wiseman, J.D., has been appointed to the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE).

Gov. Pat Quinn on Aug. 7 announced that President Wiseman was among those appointed to the prestigious 16-member board, which is the coordinating agency that oversees the programs, activities and policies related to higher education within the state. Wiseman began serving as an acting member effective Aug. 7.

“These four individuals will be effective policy makers for the one million students served by the 200 institutions of higher learning in Illinois,” Gov. Quinn said in a press release from the IBHE. “Their experience and dedication will be valuable assets as higher education in Illinois looks toward the future.”

Wiseman has a long and successful history in higher education. She is the immediate past provost of Loyola University Chicago (2007-2010), where she also served as a tenured law professor. Prior to that, Wiseman was Vice President of Academic Affairs at Creighton University, where a scholarship for disadvantaged women was established in her name, and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Marquette University. From 2006 to 2012, she served on the Board of Trustees of St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and was the chair of its Academic Affairs Committee.

Presently, Wiseman serves as Vice-Chair of the Presidents’ Council on the Conference for Mercy Higher Education and as Secretary Treasurer for the Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities, in addition to membership in the Economic Club of Chicago and the Chicago Network.

Wiseman also previously served as an officer or director of numerous organizations, including the North Central Association of Colleges & Schools: Wisconsin State Governing Board, the Wisconsin State Elections Board, Federal Defender Services of Eastern Wisconsin, Inc., the Wisconsin Supreme Court Board of Attorneys and Board of Bar Examiners, the Wisconsin State Public Defender Board, the Wisconsin Civil Liberties Union board, and the Women’s Fund of Greater Omaha Board.

Wiseman was named to the “100 Women of Influence” list in Today’s Chicago Woman earlier this year. She was recognized as one of the “Most Powerful and Influential” women in Illinois by the National Diversity Council in 2010 and as a “Woman of Influence” by the Wisconsin Business Journal in 2000. She also received the Wisconsin Civil Liberties Union Volunteer Attorney of the Year Award in 1989 for her Texas death row representation.