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Senator Faraci Encourages Diversity for University of Illinois Board of Trustees

By Diana Anghel

There are two open spots on the University of Illinois Board of Trustees, and Paul Faraci, recently selected as senator over the 52nd district, hopes to see candidates that are representative of the University’s population.

There are two vacancies due to the end of Naomi Jakobsson and Stuart King’s terms on the board, both Champaign-Urbana residents. Governor Pritzker is responsible for appointing two new members to the board.

Senator Faraci took office on January 11. He grew up on the South Side of Chicago, and later moved to CU, where he attended high school and college at the University of Illinois. He spoke on what he wishes to see from the new members of the board.

“It's critical that not only are they from a diverse group of people, but that their voices reflect who we are in Champaign-Urbana and central Illinois,” Faraci said.

He discussed the importance of taking into consideration the diversity of the student body, but the staff of the University as well.

“People who have a commitment to the success of the University of Illinois, commitment to the community (should apply to be candidates on the board),” he said. “I’d like to see a graduate from the University of Illinois.

Illinois residents can apply for the role by visiting the State of Illinois Appointments website.

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