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

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As I begin my ninth year at Governors State University, I have never been more excited about our future. For over 51 years, our mission has been to inspire meaningful education, faculty excellence, and personal and professional success for our students.

The Governors State University Foundation supports these efforts by building relationships that transform the lives and legacies of our students and imbues our partners—the alumni, community partners, and donors who contribute to that transformation and growth—with a sense of satisfaction and pride.

Underscoring the university’s mission to provide students with an accessible and exceptional education, our goals are to:

  • Ensure students have access to scholarships and faculty have the resources that allow them to offer rigorous coursework and conduct their research.
  • Provide opportunities for our external community to participate as highly valued collaborators for collective impact.
  • Enhance our relationships with nearly 60,000 alumni, who are making a difference in corporate boardrooms, laboratories, classrooms, hospitals, law practices, and many other sectors of industry.

Through the Alumni Association, we provide networking, professional development, and leadership opportunities, as well as mentoring to current GSU students.

  • To our engaged alumni: thank you! Thank you for your time, advocacy, feedback, and your financial contributions.
  • To alumni who have yet to participate with us, please join us in propelling our students to achieve their personal and professional goals. Your mentoring, volunteer leadership, or referral for an internship or job opportunity may prove to be the difference in their success—you may already know that yourself.    

As Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Marketing, and Communications, 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 facilitates and contributes to the success of this region. With approximately 90% of alumni residing in nearby communities, it is my goal to unify the area and build a bridge between public, private, and municipal entities for the betterment of all. A public university is a public asset—a convener of ambition and growth that is open to everyone.

If you are able to give back through a monetary donation, we invite you to invest in your interest. Whether your passion is for scholarships, academic programs, the Arts, athletics, alumni, or another area, your annual investment in GSU provides students and faculty with the resources they need to achieve their academic ambitions and career goals.

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 our momentum to transform lives in the Chicago Southland and beyond.

Honoring GSU

William (Will) A. Davis
Vice President of Institutional Advancement
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

Carney Barr

Rich Township (Retired)
Vice President
Paul Labonne

PNC Bank
Vice President, Development Committee 
Martina Beverly

Beverly & Associates, Accounting & Financial Consulting Services

Treasurer (Interim)
Michelle Redd-Newell

Building Blocks Learning Academy
Chairman, Recruitment & Membership Committee
Hank Johnson

Proven Business Systems

David Barr



Kevin Brookins
ComEd (Retired)
GSU Board of Trustees Liaison

Dr. Marlon Cummings
Governors State University
Faculty Senate President

William A. Davis
Vice President of Development
CEO GSU Foundation
Eileen Durkin
Durkin Strategies 

Dr. David Golland
Governors State University
Faculty Senate Liaison

Dr. Cheryl Green
Governors State University

Helen Hill
Progress Rail

Octavia Matthews
Aramark Uniform Services

Jermaine Paul
Governors State University
Alumni Association Representative

Lorine S. Samuels
Strategic Business Services, Inc.

Dr. Sriram Sonty
Glaucoma Service, Dept. of Ophthalmology
University of Illinois at Chicago


Villalyn Baluga
Governors State University
Associate Vice President, Finance 

Ron Bean
Governors State University
Adjunct Professor

Beverly Goldberg
Community Representative 

Rashidah Muhammad
Governors State University

Barbara Peterson
Will County Planning Commission 

William Sanders
Honeywell (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.



Michael Rivas
Senior VP Risk Management, Assurance Agency


Isaac Akridge
Vice President Operations, ComEd 

Bert Allen
Independent Senior Executive H/R Consultant

Liz Brohan
Co-CEO, CBD Marketing

Ana Dutra

Lori Hayes-Shaw
Agent, State Farm

Nadine Johnson
VP, Treasury Management, First Midwest Bank

Paul Labonne
VP, Community Development Banking, PNC Bank

Angela O'Banion

Jeff Orman
Agency Manager, Country Financial Insurance
David Turner
Chief Financial Officer, East Lake Management

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