Illinois Wesleyan Announces New Board Members
May 22, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – The Illinois Wesleyan University Board of Trustees elected two
new trustees for three-year terms at its May 12-13 meeting on campus, Dale H. Spiess,
class of ’66 and, from the IWU Alumni Association, John S. Esch, class of ’79.
Spiess had a 42-year career in the chemicals industry, with a focus on sales and marketing,
business development and management. After his graduation with a biology degree from
Illinois Wesleyan, he joined Uniroyal Chemical and later worked for ARCO and Millennium
Chemical. In 1998, Spiess joined NOVA Chemical Corporation and was named Senior Vice
President and President- Olefins/Polyolefins Division in 2001. He retired in 2006.
For almost eight years, Spiess and his wife Carol, class of ’66, were involved in
the IWU alumni class agent program, and two of their children attended the University.
Since 1987, Esch has been a general and vascular surgeon in Bloomington/Normal. He
received his bachelor’s degree in biology from Illinois Wesleyan and his doctor of
medicine degree from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in 1982. Throughout
his career his positions have included chief of staff and chief of surgery at OSF
St. Joseph Medical center and chief of surgery at BroMenn Healthcare in Normal. Esch
and his wife Cindy have chaired the McLean County Leadership Giving Council since
2002 and served as volunteers for previous campaigns and phonathons. Two of their
sons currently attend the University, and another son is a 2007 alum.
In other trustees elections, Board officers re-elected for 2008-2009 are: president,
George A. Vinyard, class of ’71, of Chicago; first vice president, Gilbert L. Dorsey,
class of ’62, of Bloomington; second vice president, Herbert A. Getz, class of ’77,
of Naperville, Ill.; secretary, Susan D. Waring of Bloomington, and treasurer, Robert
E. Field, class of ’67 of Chicago.
The Board granted emeritus status to Roger S. Joslin, who served as a trustee for
nine years. Joslin, who retired from State Farm Insurance, served as vice chairman
of State Farm Mutual in Bloomington. He began his career at State Farm in 1964 as
an assistant vice president, with later appointments as vice president in the president’s
office and treasurer. In 1987, he became senior vice president of State Farm Mutual
and was elected chairman of State Farm Fire and Casualty. He and his wife Stephanie
reside in Bloomington.
In addition, trustees re-elected for a three-year term at this meeting are: Richard
D. Ames of Cleveland, Ohio; Patricia M. Armstrong, class of ’70, of San Francisco;
Phyllis Barker, class of ’73, of Chicago; Thomas L. Brown, class of ’79, of Chicago;
Robert E. Field, class of ’67, of Chicago; Dr. David Gaffron, of Bloomington; Dr.
Thomas C. McKinney, Jr., class of ’76, of Chesterfield, Mo.; Dr. Ronald L. Ruecker,
class of ’66, of Decatur; James A. Shirk, of Bloomington; Carlina Tapia-Ruano, class
of ’77, of Chicago, and Susan D. Waring, of Bloomington.
The Board of Trustees at Illinois Wesleyan consists of 41 members, four honorary members
and 27 emeritus trustees.
Contact: Sherry Wallace, (309) 556-3181