BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— The Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities
(FIICU) has elected Illinois Wesleyan President Richard F. Wilson to a second term
as its board chair. FIICU represents all private colleges and universities in the
state and advocates on behalf of its 59 member institutions at the local, state and
“I am pleased to serve FIICU for another term,” said Wilson. “FIICU plays a key role
in keeping legislators informed about the contributions being made by private institutions
to the health and welfare of the state, advocating on behalf of financial aid for
students, and providing a private college perspective on important policy issues.”
Wilson noted that Illinois independent colleges and universities enroll over 200,000
students, which account for 25 percent of all students attending college in the state.
And, these institutions provide nearly $2 billion in grants, tuition discounts and
scholarships every year to their students.
FIICU, which is one of the largest groups of its kind, is the official representative of
member institutions to the Illinois Board of Higher Education, the Illinois Student
Assistance Commission, and the Illinois General Assembly. David W. Tretter, who has
served as president since 2004, leads the Federation’s professional staff.