BOT approves $352K for new president annually


Rob Le Cates

Chairperson Joyce Madigan, opens the Friday Board of Trustees meeting with a call to order and roll call in the Grand Ballroom.

Madelyn Kidd, Editor-in-Chief

The Board of Trustees approved Eastern’s new president’s three-year personnel contract for an annual salary of $320K and annual house allowance for $32,289 on Friday morning in a special meeting.

The Board did not give details on a specific person for whose personnel contract this is, besides the contract being for the next president.

The 13th president will be officially announced Friday afternoon in the University Ballroom in the Martin Luther King Jr. University Union at 3 p.m.

The event is open to the public.

The Board gained a new trustee Julie Everett of Effingham, Ill. who was introduced at her first Board meeting Friday.

Everett, who grew up in Vandalia, Ill., has lived in Central Illinois for her entire life except when she went to college.

Everett received her bachelor’s degree in marketing from Illinois State University in 2004.

She received her masters at Eastern in business administration and applied management in 2010.

Everett has worked in personal finance for the past 16 years.

She is currently a senior financial planner at the Financial Finesse since August 2020.

Everett worked at Smith Moore in Effingham as a financial advisor from May 2015 to August 2020.

She worked at Midland States Bank from July 2005 until May 2015. She started as a banking center manager then as a financial advisor.

Everett is a member on the Board of Directors for Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation since June 2019.

Everett was a board member of the Greater Effingham Chamber of Commerce & Industry from June 2019 to June 2021.

Everett currently volunteers with CASA of Effingham County as an advocate since April 2014 and a mentor in the CEO of Effingham County since September 2015.

Everett previously volunteered as a coach for the Girls on the Run East Central Illinois from September 2013 to November 2016.

Everett said she was “honored and excited” to serve on the Board of Trustees.


Madelyn Kidd can be reached at 581-2812 or at [email protected].