The Governors State University Foundation was established in 1968 as the University's primary fundraising division.  Officially incorporated as a not-for-profit organization, the GSU Foundation fosters relationships with philanthropic individuals, GSU Alumni, and numerous corporate and foundation partners on behalf of the University. 

Contributions received by the GSU Foundation support academic programs, scholarships for students, faculty development and research, capital improvements to the campus, library acquisitions, technology enhancements, and other special initiatives. 

CEO Message


As I begin my fourth year at Governors State University, I’ve never been more excited about our future. This remarkable university is continuously evolving to meet the innovations and challenges of the future while maintaining a tradition of excellence, accessibility and community partnership. For over 47 years, our mission has been to inspire meaningful investments into our students. The Governors State University Foundation builds relationships that transform the lives and families of our students while providing dividends to our partners. It is our goal to channel the efforts, interests and capabilities of our more than 50,000 living alumni and friends around the world to better our global society. 
As Vice President of Development and CEO of the Foundation, I intend to build on the successes of recent years by working with the campus community, alumni and friends, public and private organizations, and leaders to ensure that GSU remains among the top public universities. 
Whether your passion is for scholarships, programs, athletics, alumni support or another area, your annual meaningful investment in GSU provides students and faculty the resources needed to help them achieve their academic ambitions. Please invest in your interest; and to our alumni, your participation adds up to greatness.
Please do not hesitate to contact my office if you desire more information, have questions, or would like to volunteer. We look forward to working in partnership with you as we continue this momentum to transform lives and march towards our 50th Anniversary.


Will Davis
Vice President of Development
CEO, Governors State University Foundation


Board & Advisors

The Governors State University Foundation Board was created in 1969 to oversee the financial operations of the foundation as it maintains its legal and ethical standing. It provides leadership and strategic direction, setting goals which align with the University’s strategic plan. Through this oversight, it serves as a guardian of the public trust and remains accountable to its donors, GSU alumni and the general public.


The Foundation Board

Kevin Brookins
Ret. ComEd

Vice President
Paul Labonne
PNC Bank

Vice President, Development Committee
Martina Beverly
Beverly & Associates – Accounting & Financial
Consulting Services

Treasurer (Interim)
Octavia Matthews
Aramark Uniform Services

Chairman, Recruitment & Membership Committee
Hank Johnson
Proven Business Systems

David Barr

Board Members

William A. Davis
Vice President of Development
CEO GSU Foundation

Jermaine Paul
Governors State University
Alumni Association President Representative

Arnie Kimmel
Franciscan St. James

Dr. Elaine P. Maimon
Governors State University

Dr. Rashidah Muhammad
Governors State University
Faculty Senate Representative

Patrick J. Ormsby
Bimba Manufacturing Co.
Board of Trustees Liaison

Michelle Redd-Newell
Building Blocks Learning Academy

Lorine S. Samuels
Strategic Business Services, Inc.

Ex-Officio Member

Melinda Gieseke
Governors State University
Associate Vice President, Finance

Emeritus Members

Ron Bean
Governors State University Adjunct

Beverly Goldberg
Community Representative

Barbara Peterson
Will County Planning Commission

William Sanders
Honeywell (Retired)

Warner Saunders
NBC-5 (Retired)

Executive Advisory Council

Governors State University recognizes that developing strong ties with corporate partners who are committed to excellence in education is critical to building the university of the future. The visionary leaders which make up the Executive Advisory Council have joined us to help build our ties to business. By actively endorsing our programs, advocating on our behalf and advancing the GSU brand in their relationships with other leaders throughout Northeastern Illinois and Northwestern Indiana, they are helping to change the face of higher education.

Kevin Brookins
Senior Vice-President, ComEd

Ana Dutra
CEO, Mandala Global Advisors

Bert Allen
Independent Senior Executive H/R Consultant

Honorable Vernard Alsberry
Mayor, Village of Hazel Crest, Illinois

Deanna Burrell
Director, Client Experience, Midway Broadcasting

Ron Daly
R.R. Donnelley (retired), (GSU Alumnus)

Gene Egizio
President, GSU Alumni Association (GSU Alumnus)

Michael Fisher
Vice President, Workforce Development and Community Relations, COUNTRY Financial

Elliott Johnson
President and CEO, Heyward & Johnson, Inc.

Paul Labonne
Vice President, Community Development Banking, PNC Bank

Glenn Mazade
Senior Vice President, Healthcare and Not-for-Profit Banking, RBS Citizens/Charter One

Norman Schlisman
Senior Managing Director and Branch Manager, Mesirow Financial






Our Partners

Invest In the Future Through Philanthropy

Private support from corporations and foundations play a critical role in ensuring that GSU can continue to educate the generations of leaders. Gifts from corporations or foundations can support scholarships, research, academic programs and other initiatives essential to educating today's students.

 AAA Rental System Logo Advocate HealthCare Aetna Logo
 Aged 2 Perfection Beverly and Associates Bimba
 BMO Harris Cigna logo Comcast
 comed Country Financial Exelon
 FMW stjames Green Pro           
 Illinois Arts Council linear logo  Mesirow
 Olympia Fields Logo(1) PNC Bank proven
 Pure Wine Co. Solvay Vector