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Rauner names Pritchard to NIU Board of Trustees

June 28, 2018 GMT

DeKALB – Rep. Robert Pritchard, R-Hinckley, who spent 15 years in the Illinois General Assembly, is now preparing to take on a new role for the sake of higher education.

On Thursday, Gov. Bruce Rauner named Pritchard to the Northern Illinois University Board of Trustees, filling the seat of Robert Boey, who retired earlier this year. Pritchard will step into this new role Sunday, the same day he resigns from the Illinois House, according to a press release from the governor’s office.

“Bob is a very strong addition to the NIU Board,” Rauner said in the release. “He has a working knowledge of the challenges that face higher education and he is well equipped to advocate for the university, its students and the public-at-large on issues ranging from affordability to access.”

Pritchard’s wife, Mary, has spent most of her career in education at NIU as a teacher, administrator and interim dean.

“I feel strongly that education beyond high school is an essential component in developing Illinois’ workforce and making the state attractive to employers,” Pritchard said in the release. “NIU – in partnership with local community colleges – prepares students to achieve their dreams and be contributing members of our economy.”