Three Alumni Picked for Gov.-Elect Transition Committees
Jan. 4, 2019
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Illinois Governor-elect JB Pritzker is drawing upon the expertise
of three Illinois Wesleyan University alumni by selecting Elizabeth Robb ’78, Juan
Salgado ’91 and Michael Tipsord ’81 to serve as transition committee members ahead
of Pritzker’s Jan. 14 inauguration.
Robb – retired chief judge, 11th Judicial Circuit – was named to the Restorative Justice
and Safe Communities Committee; Salgado – City Colleges of Chicago Chancellor – was
named to the Educational Success Committee; and Tipsord – Chairman, President and
Chief Executive Officer of State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company – was named
to the Job Creation and Economic Opportunity Committee.
Elizabeth Robb ’78
Robb was the first woman to serve as associate, circuit and chief judge of the 11th
Judicial Circuit, which includes McLean County. Known for her leadership and innovative
approach to justice, she was elected as circuit judge in 2000 and was retained twice
by voters. During her decade-long career as chief judge, Robb worked to make positive
changes to the courtroom, including the creation of McLean County’s Criminal Justice
Coordinating Council and two specialty courts focused on drug and recovery, and mental
illness, among other initiatives.
Robb has additionally served on the Illinois Judicial Conference, and as chairwoman
of the Illinois Conference of Chief Judges. Robb earned her law degree from Loyola
University Chicago in 1981 and taught business law at Illinois Wesleyan and Illinois
State University. She currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Illinois Wesleyan Associates.
Juan Salgado ’91
Now City Colleges of Chicago Chancellor, Salgado has focused his career on improving
education and economic opportunities for residents in low-income communities. A community
college graduate himself – prior to attending Illinois Wesleyan – Salgado oversees
Chicago's community college system, which serves more than 80,000 students across
seven colleges. In addition to his role as chancellor, he served as CEO of Instituto
del Progreso Latino from 2001-17, where he worked to empower residents of Chicago’s
Southwest Side through education, citizenship and skill-building programs that led
to sustainable employment and economic stability.
Salgado has been nationally recognized for his work, including in 2015, when he was
named a MacArthur Fellow, one of the most prestigious innovation prizes in the United
States. He earned a master’s degree in urban planning from the University of Illinois
Michael Tipsord ’81
Tipsord began his State Farm career in 1988. He served in a number of leadership roles
before stepping into his current positions in 2015 and 2016, as the leader of the
largest provider of auto, home and individual life insurance in the United States.
Tipsord works to continue State Farm’s mission of helping people manage the risks
of everyday life, recover from the unexpected, and realize their dreams, while growing
the business in an evolving and complex marketplace.
In addition to his work at State Farm, Tipsord serves on the board of directors for
Navigant Consulting, Inc. and is a member of the dean's advisory board for the University
of Illinois College of Law. He is a trustee of the Brookings Institution and a member
of the American Bar Association and Illinois State Bar Association. Tipsord earned
a law degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, among many other certifications.