Cross ’80 Appointed Chair of Illinois Higher Ed Board
Feb. 29, 2016
BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Former state representative and Illinois Wesleyan University graduate
Tom Cross has been appointed by Gov. Bruce Rauner as the chairman of the Illinois
Board of Higher Education.
Cross served in the Illinois General Assembly for 22 years and was the House Republican
Leader from 2002-2013. He is currently a Distinguished Fellow at Aurora University
promoting a program in science, technology and math. After graduating from Illinois
Wesleyan in 1980, Cross earned a juris doctor at Cumberland Law School. He is also
a former Kendall County prosecutor.