New Illinois Wesleyan Trustees Named and Officers Elected
May 19, 2014
BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— At Illinois Wesleyan University’s final 2013-14 Board of Trustees
meeting on May 16, three new members were named and the current officers were re-elected
to serve for the coming 2014-15 academic year.
Of the 42 Board members, 10 current members were re-elected, and two new trustees
and one new Alumni Association Trustee representative were named. Following are the
three new Board members.
Mark W. Ohlendorf of Milwaukee received a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Illinois
Wesleyan in 1982. He has over 25 years of experience in the health care and long-term
care industries and currently serves as co-president and chief financial officer of
Brookdale Senior Living, the nation’s largest owner and operator of senior living
communities throughout the United States and a leading national provider of senior-related
services. Previously he served in several executive management positions at Alterra:
CEO and president, chief financial officer and senior vice president. While a student
at Illinois Wesleyan, he was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity and participated on
the men’s golf team.
Laura C. Randolph, M.D. of Bloomington, named as an Alumni Association trustee, graduated from Illinois Wesleyan with honors
in biology in 1992 and received her medical training at Loyola University of Chicago’s
Stritch School of Medicine. While a Wesleyan student, she was a member of Kappa Kappa
Gamma Sorority and the professional & honorary sororities of Alpha Lambda Delta and
Phi Eta Sigma. Dr. Randolph is currently a member of the Council for IWU Women and
has served on the Marketing and Promotion Committee.
J. William Roberts of Springfield, elected as an active trustee,received his bachelor’s degree in political
science from Illinois Wesleyan in 1964 and a juris doctorate degree from the Washington
University School of Law in 1967. He is managing partner of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP,
which has offices in eight states. Roberts previously served as chief legal counsel
for Illinois Governor Jim Edgar and was United States Attorney for the Central District
of Illinois. A native of Jacksonville, Ill., Roberts received the University’s Distinguished
Alumni Award in 2003. He served as a member of the Board of Trustees from 2006 until
May 2013, at which time he became an Emeritus Trustee and now under new bylaws returns
to active trustee status.
Those members re-elected include: Richard S. Ames, Thomas C. McKinney, Jr. ’76 Phyllis
Barker ’73, Thomas L. Brown ’79, John S. Esch ’79, Robert E. Field ’67, Steven A.
Ring ’79, Ronald L. Ruecker ’66, James A. Shirk and Timothy J. Szerlong ’74.
Board of Trustees officers that were re-elected for the 2014-15 academic year include:
George A. Vinyard ’71, chair; Herbert A. Getz ’77, vice chair; Willie G. Brown, vice
chair; Thomas L. Brown ’79, vice chair; Jean M. Baird ’80, secretary; and Robert E.
Field ’67, treasurer.
The next regular meeting of the Board of Trustees will take place Oct. 27-28 on the
Illinois Wesleyan campus.