President Cheryl Green, Phd

Dr. Cheryl Green
Presidential Investiture Ceremony

Ceremony

Dr. Cheryl Green

You are cordially invited to join us in celebrating the

PRESIDENTIAL INVESTITURE OF
DR. CHERYL GREEN

Friday, September 17
Ceremony begins at 10 A.M.
Reception will immediately follow the ceremony.

Center for Performing Arts
Governors State University
1 University Pkwy, University Park, IL 60484

GSU Triad Orange and Black
RSVP Now

Ceremony

You are cordially invited to join us in celebrating the

PRESIDENTIAL INVESTITURE OF
DR. CHERYL GREEN

Dr. Cheryl Green

Friday, September 17
Ceremony begins at 10 A.M.
Reception will immediately follow the ceremony.

Center for Performing Arts
Governors State University
1 University Pkwy, University Park, IL 60484

GSU Triad Orange and Black
RSVP Now

Gala

Please join us on Friday evening for the Investiture Gala to continue celebrating Dr. Green's investiture and look forward towards the future of Governors State University's excellence and growth. We ask for you to please consider providing a gift for the event in honor of the ceremony and the next chapter in Governors State University's legacy. As always, we greatly appreciate your continued support!

Co-Chairs of the Gala

Vernard Alsberry

Honorable Vernard Alsberry

Pedro Cevallos Photo

Trustee Pedro Cevallos-Candau

Debbie Halvorson Photo

Senator Debbie Halvorson

Michelle Redd

Michelle Redd, GSU Foundation Board

Save the Date

Friday, September 17
Gala begins at 6 p.m. Dinner at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $100 each. Tables are $1,000 each.
Attire: Semi-Formal
Sponsorships are available (more info below)

Tinley Park Convention Center
Governors State University
18451 Convention Center Dr, Tinley Park, IL 60477

GSU Triad Orange and Black
Buy TicketsGive Now
President Green on stage of CPA

Sponsors

...anonymous and many table sponsors. We thank you for your support!

Sponsorship Opportunities

It is with great pleasure that the Governors State University Foundation invites you to consider becoming an investor in the Investiture Gala in honor of Dr. Cheryl Green, the sixth president of Governors State University and her vision of excellence and growth for the university.

Your investment will fund two of President Green’s initiatives: student scholarships, in order to reduce issues with access and persistence to higher education; and the continuation of social justice initiatives at Governors State University.

As Sponsors, you will build and enhance connections with Governors State University, alumni, faculty, staff, students, emeriti, and community members. Your investment shows that your brand supports education and equity that is empowering, sustainable, accessible, and life changing.

We invite you to join forces with the GSU Foundation as a partnering Sponsor. Your business will receive exposure to 54,000+ GSU alumni all while supporting well-deserving GSU students and the Chicago southland community.

Please contact Will Davis at 708-235-7494 or wdavis3@govst.edu. We look forward to partnering with you.

Sponsorship Amenities

Gold Sponsor ($10,000) Benefits

Business name and logo featured prominently as an Investiture Gala Gold Sponsor on all outreach materials, both print and web-based.

  • Sixteen tickets for the gala
  • Business name and logo featured on all materials related to the event
  • Recognition on social media channels
  • A brief speaking opportunity from the main stage

Silver Sponsor ($5,000) Benefits

Business name and logo featured prominently as an Investiture Gala Silver Sponsor on all outreach materials, both print and web-based.

  • Twelve tickets for the gala
  • Business name and logo featured on materials related to the event
  • Recognition on social media channels
  • Acknowledgement from the stage

Bronze ($2,500) Benefits

Business name and logo featured prominently as an Investiture Gala Bronze on all outreach materials, both print and web-based.

  • Up to ten tickets for the gala
  • Business name and logo featured on materials related to the event
  • Recognition on social media channels
  • Acknowledgement from the stage

Advocate Table Sponsor ($1,000) Benefits

  • Business name and logo featured prominently as a Table Sponsor Advocate
  • Up to ten tickets for the gala
  • Business name and logo in program

Gala

Please join us on Friday evening for the Investiture Gala to continue celebrating Dr. Green's investiture and look forward towards the future of Governors State University's excellence and growth. We ask for you to please consider providing a gift for the event in honor of the ceremony and the next chapter in Governors State University's legacy. As always, we greatly appreciate your continued support!

Co-Chairs of the Gala

Vernard Alsberry

Honorable Vernard Alsberry

Pedro Cevallos Photo

Trustee Pedro Cevallos-Candau

Debbie Halvorson Photo

Senator Debbie Halvorson

Michelle Redd

Michelle Redd, GSU Foundation Board

Save the Date

President Green on stage of CPA

Friday, September 17
Gala begins at 6 p.m. Dinner at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $100 each. Tables are $1,000 each.
Attire: Semi-Formal
Sponsorships are available (more info below)

Tinley Park Convention Center
Governors State University
18451 Convention Center Dr, Tinley Park, IL 60477

GSU Triad Orange and Black
Buy TicketsGive Now

Sponsors

...anonymous and many table sponsors. We thank you for your support!

Sponsorship Opportunities

It is with great pleasure that the Governors State University Foundation invites you to consider becoming an investor in the Investiture Gala in honor of Dr. Cheryl Green, the sixth president of Governors State University and her vision of excellence and growth for the university.

Your investment will fund two of President Green’s initiatives: student scholarships, in order to reduce issues with access and persistence to higher education; and the continuation of social justice initiatives at Governors State University.

As Sponsors, you will build and enhance connections with Governors State University, alumni, faculty, staff, students, emeriti, and community members. Your investment shows that your brand supports education and equity that is empowering, sustainable, accessible, and life changing.

We invite you to join forces with the GSU Foundation as a partnering Sponsor. Your business will receive exposure to 54,000+ GSU alumni all while supporting well-deserving GSU students and the Chicago southland community.

Please contact Will Davis at 708-235-7494 or wdavis3@govst.edu. We look forward to partnering with you.

Sponsorship Amenities

Gold Sponsor ($10,000) Benefits

Business name and logo featured prominently as an Investiture Gala Gold Sponsor on all outreach materials, both print and web-based.

  • Sixteen tickets for the gala
  • Business name and logo featured on all materials related to the event
  • Recognition on social media channels
  • A brief speaking opportunity from the main stage

Silver Sponsor ($5,000) Benefits

Business name and logo featured prominently as an Investiture Gala Silver Sponsor on all outreach materials, both print and web-based.

  • Twelve tickets for the gala
  • Business name and logo featured on materials related to the event
  • Recognition on social media channels
  • Acknowledgement from the stage

Bronze ($2,500) Benefits

Business name and logo featured prominently as an Investiture Gala Bronze on all outreach materials, both print and web-based.

  • Eight tickets for the gala
  • Business name and logo featured on materials related to the event
  • Recognition on social media channels
  • Acknowledgement from the stage

Advocate Table Sponsor ($1,000) Benefits

  • Business name and logo featured prominently as a Table Sponsor Advocate
  • Eight Tickets for the gala
  • Business name and logo in program

President Green

Dr. Cheryl GreenDr. Cheryl Green brings more than 30 years of professional experience in higher education to her role as the sixth President of Governors State University, and as the leader of the Jaguar family. A passionate educator and administrator, Green believes fiercely in the power of education to change lives. Throughout her career, she has pioneered the innovation of academic enrichment opportunities and student success initiatives that promote increased retention and graduation rates for first generation and non-traditional college students.

Most recently, Green served as Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, as Interim Chancellor for the University of Wisconsin Whitewater, and as Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs at Tennessee State University.

Before her time at Tennessee State University, Dr. Green served at Chicago State University in a variety of administrative and academic roles, including director/chair of the counseling department, dean of first-year students, acting associate director of career placement, and as a tenured associate professor of counseling. In addition, Green served as the statewide representative for 2,700 faculty and staff in her role as the Grievance Officer for the University Professionals of Illinois (UPI) Local 4100 for seven public universities.

Her fiscal experience includes the budget management of more than 300 million dollars at three universities. Throughout her career she has served as the primary or contributing author for multiple grants which yielded more than 5 million dollars in revenue. Most of her scholarly research has been focused on increasing student achievement and delivering community based health initiatives for diverse student populations.

Green’s community service work spans the United States and has included serving on ten different advisory boards or boards of directors. Recently, she has been active on the Howard Hughes Medical Institute STEM Grant Advisory Board of UW Madison, Manchester University Board of Trustees, the Forward 50 Advisory Board for the National Association of Student and Financial Aid Administrators and the Milwaukee based Gift of Adoption Wisconsin Board of Directors. Clearly, Dr. Green is dedicated to making a difference in our community.

Green has a Ph.D. and master’s degree in counseling psychology from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Manchester College (now Manchester University) in North Manchester, Indiana. She also holds a National Incident Management System certificate from the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Institute, has been trained in crisis intervention, and is a recognized leader in grievance mediation and conflict resolution.

Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Green is also the loving mother of two adult children who constantly keep her inspired to believe in the worth and potential of all human beings and to make a difference in the world.

Dr. Cheryl Green

Read President Green's Bio

Dr. Cheryl Green brings more than 30 years of professional experience in higher education to her role as the sixth President of Governors State University, and as the leader of the Jaguar family. A passionate educator and administrator, Green believes fiercely in the power of education to change lives. Throughout her career, she has pioneered the innovation of academic enrichment opportunities and student success initiatives that promote increased retention and graduation rates for first generation and non-traditional college students.

Most recently, Green served as Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, as Interim Chancellor for the University of Wisconsin Whitewater, and as Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs at Tennessee State University.

Before her time at Tennessee State University, Dr. Green served at Chicago State University in a variety of administrative and academic roles, including director/chair of the counseling department, dean of first-year students, acting associate director of career placement, and as a tenured associate professor of counseling. In addition, Green served as the statewide representative for 2,700 faculty and staff in her role as the Grievance Officer for the University Professionals of Illinois (UPI) Local 4100 for seven public universities.

Her fiscal experience includes the budget management of more than 300 million dollars at three universities. Throughout her career she has served as the primary or contributing author for multiple grants which yielded more than 5 million dollars in revenue. Most of her scholarly research has been focused on increasing student achievement and delivering community based health initiatives for diverse student populations.

Green’s community service work spans the United States and has included serving on ten different advisory boards or boards of directors. Recently, she has been active on the Howard Hughes Medical Institute STEM Grant Advisory Board of UW Madison, Manchester University Board of Trustees, the Forward 50 Advisory Board for the National Association of Student and Financial Aid Administrators and the Milwaukee based Gift of Adoption Wisconsin Board of Directors. Clearly, Dr. Green is dedicated to making a difference in our community.

Green has a Ph.D. and master’s degree in counseling psychology from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Manchester College (now Manchester University) in North Manchester, Indiana. She also holds a National Incident Management System certificate from the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Institute, has been trained in crisis intervention, and is a recognized leader in grievance mediation and conflict resolution.

Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Green is also the loving mother of two adult children who constantly keep her inspired to believe in the worth and potential of all human beings and to make a difference in the world.

Events

Check out all of the fun and exciting events we have planned leading up to the Investiture Ceremony.

Staff Meet and Greet Open House
with President Green

Date: Friday, August 6
Time: 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Location: Hall of Governors
Send RSVPs to pperdue@govst.edu

Faculty Meet and Greet Open House
with President Green

Date: Friday, August 20
Time: 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Location: Hall of Governors
Send RSVPs to pperdue@govst.edu

Welcome Week

Dates: Monday, August 30 – Friday, September 3
See schedule of events and activities

Convocation 2021 and Ice Cream Social

Date: Thursday, September 2
Time: 11 a.m.
Location: Center for Performing Arts
More Convocation Info

Sculpture Wine and Dine

Date: Saturday, September 11
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park
Purchase Tickets

"We the People?" Faculty Panel and Webinar

Date: Wednesday, September 15
Time: 4:30 p.m. (Panel) / 6 p.m. (Webinar)
Location: Hybrid (Panel) / Virtual (Webinar)

Student Spoken Word Competition

Date: Thursday, September 16
Time: 1 – 3 p.m.
Location: Gymnasium

Investiture Ceremony

Date: Friday, September 17
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Center for Performing Arts
Reception will follow ceremony. RSVP Now

Investiture Gala

Date: Friday, September 17
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Tinley Park Convention Center
Purchase Tickets

Staff Meet and Greet
Open House with President Green

Date: Friday, August 6
Time: 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Location: Hall of Governors
Send RSVPs to pperdue@govst.edu

Faculty Meet and Greet
Open House with President Green

Date: Friday, August 20
Time: 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Location: Hall of Governors
Send RSVPs to pperdue@govst.edu

Welcome
Week

Dates: Monday, August 30
– Friday, September 3
See schedule of events and activities

Convocation 2021 and
Ice Cream Social

Date: Thursday, September 2
Time: 11 a.m.
Location: Center for Performing Arts
More Convocation Info

Sculpture Wine
and Dine

Date: Saturday, September 11
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park
Purchase Tickets

"We the People?"
Faculty Panel
and Webinar

Date: Wednesday, September 15
Time: 4:30 p.m. (Panel) / 6 p.m. (Webinar)
Location: Hybrid (Panel) / Virtual (Webinar)

Student Spoken
Word Competition

Date: Thursday, September 16
Time: 1 – 3 p.m.
Location: Gymnasium

Investiture
Ceremony

Date: Friday, September 17
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Center for Performing Arts
Reception will follow ceremony. RSVP Now

Investiture
Gala

Date: Friday, September 17
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Tinley Park Convention Center
Purchase Tickets

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Gallery

Experience President Green's first year at Governors State University.

Dr. Green giving a speechDr. Green with graduates at outdoor celebrationDr. Green holding basketball on the courtDr. Green with studentsDr. Green in front of GSU main entranceDr. Green giving speech at podium at an outdoor eventDr. Green in front of Jax LogoDr. Green with professor and graduateDr. Green in front of Triad LogoDr. Green near Installation No. 5 SculptureDr. Green painting GSU rock with AlumniDr. Green writing at her desk
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FAQs

Learn more about the upcoming investiture as well as the history and traditions of the ceremony.

What is an investiture?

The Presidential Investiture Ceremony is held during a president's first year at a university to grant them official authority of office as well as recognize and celebrate a new and exciting phase in the institution's history.

An academic procession will begin the ceremony that includes many university faculty members wearing their distinguished regalia representing their respective colleges of study. Music and greetings from friends of the university will accompany the ceremony during and after the procession respectively.

The ceremony will conclude with the tradition of the new president receiving the university's Presidential Medallion, which will represent then final transition of presidential duties and responsibilities being bestowed on the university's newest leader.

Who is invited to the ceremony and gala?

All faculty, staff, students, and friends of Governors State University are welcome to attend both events.

Which events require tickets?

Tickets will be required for the gala, but not for the ceremony. However, RSVPs are strongly encouraged for the ceremony and following reception. Please visit the Investiture Gala event page to purchase tickets and fill out the Investiture RSVP form to confirm your attendance for the morning ceremony and noon reception.

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What is the recommended attire for the event?

Business causal attire is suggested for all ceremony attendees, while semi-formal is recommended for the gala.

What is the university mace?

The governor’s mace, traditionally carried by the Faculty Senate President who leads the academic procession, is a symbol of the authority of the university as a degree-granting institution. The legal authority of the university is grounded in the intellectual authority of the distinguished faculty who follow in the procession.

In antiquity, the mace was a weapon used to establish the “authority” of the physically strong. Its transformation into a symbol of intellectual authority is both a tribute to and a reminder of the civilizing force of a university’s teaching, research and community service functions.

Engraved on the four side-panels of the governor’s mace are the seal of the State of Illinois; a cardinal, the state bird; the seal of the former Illinois Board of Governors Universities; and an inscription which reads “The governor’s mace, a symbol of tradition and authority of Governors State University, dedicated to the search for excellence in the pursuit of truth, knowledge and the love of learning. Presented by Peter Levin, friend of the university, June 2, 1979.”

Atop the mace is a silver rendition of the university logo. The three sides of the “triangle” symbolize the university’s teaching, research and community service functions. The three lines visually suggest the shape of a rocket; reminding us both that the university was founded within days of Neil Armstrong setting foot on the moon and that the university is a hope-filled, pioneering community, committed to a better future for all men and women. The circle symbolizes the fact that the university is, indeed, a community. Finally, the fact that the tips of the triangle reach beyond the circle indicates the university’s outreach into the region, state and nation, and its commitment to teaching, research and community service.

What is the university medallion?

The President’s Medallion is one of the grand traditions of higher education, symbolizing the authority and responsibility associated with the presidency.

The specially designed medallion is worn around the neck on a chain and compliments the dignity and symbolism of traditional academic regalia. The Governors State University President’s Medallion is worn whenever the president participates in ceremonies involving the use of academic regalia, including all such services held by other educational institutions on their campuses or in nearby facilities.

GSU’s Presidential Medallion signifies the authority conferred by the Board of Trustees upon the President as the chief executive officer of the university. By virtue of their office, the President is personally entrusted with the responsibility of promoting the mission and values of Governors State University.

Typically, the Medallion is presented at the Presidential Investiture, signaling the beginning of a newly appointed president’s tenure in office. Each Governors State University president has proudly worn the Presidential Medallion as a symbol of the responsibility of the office bestowed upon them.

If I have more questions regarding the investiture, who should I contact?

For additional information regarding the investiture ceremony, please contact Penny Perdue at pperdue@govst.edu or 708-534-4130.

For additional information regarding the investiture gala, please contact Sara Tweddle at stweddle@govst.edu or 708-235-7559.

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