The Quad Cities Chamber director of Q2030, Greg Aguilar has been named as chairman of board of trustees to Western Illinois University. Aguilar is one of six new trustees of WIU.

Aguilar’s appointment was announced Thursday by Gov. JB Pritzker. The trustees, who represent a full replacement of the existing board, are charged with “revitalizing WIU’s student recruitment and outreach efforts, focusing investments on core programs, burnishing the university’s reputation and brand throughout the state, and strengthening relationships with its surrounding communities,” according to a release from Pritzker’s office.

Aguilar currently serves as the director of the Q2030 Regional Action Plan at the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce where he collaborates with community leaders, educators, businesses, nonprofits and grassroots organizations to build up the reputation of the Quad Cities. He previously served as the director of talent attraction and retention for the Quad Cities Chamber where he led the Young Professionals of the Quad Cities as well as diversity initiatives for the Chamber. 

Prior to working at the Chamber, he served as the Northwest Regional Manager for the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity where he covered 10 counties working with community stakeholders on workforce solutions, business retention, attraction and growth. Aguilar is a founding board member of the Greater Quad-Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.  His regional work in economic development, higher education, as well as diversity and inclusion has received various national recognitions including by the National Hispanic Institute and the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. In 2011 Mr. Aguilar's work in diversity outreach at Ascentra Credit Union earned the credit union a Diamond Award from Credit Union National Association. The East Moline resident received his Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Latin American studies from the University of Iowa.

Here is more about each of the six people appointed by the Governor from the official news release.

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