AURORA UNIVERSITY

Aurora, IL   |  www.aurora.edu

Mission

Aurora University is an inclusive community dedicated to the transformative power of learning.

Ruling year info

1941

President

Dr. Rebecca L. Sherrick

Main address

347 S. Gladstone Avenue

Aurora, IL 60506 USA

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EIN

36-2166964

NTEE code info

Higher Education Institutions (B40)

University or Technological (B43)

Higher Education Institutions (B40)

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Undergraduate

40 academic majors allow students to customize a degree based on their personal interests.

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Goals & Strategy

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Aurora University's most recent report to its Board of Trustees emphasizes five goals
I. Provide Aurora University students with a wide range of high-quality, innovative academic experiences.
II. Provide Aurora University students with high-quality academic support and student life programs and services.
III. Create a vibrant community of students, faculty and staff dedicated to the mission and values of the university.
IV. Forge the university-wide understanding of identity, mission and vision necessary to power Aurora University into the future.
V. Sustain Aurora University's positive momentum through strategic investments and thoughtful stewardship of resources.

Each of the stated goals will be pursued through a set of targeted strategies:
I. Provide Aurora University students with a wide range of high-quality, innovative academic experiences.
Continue the process of implementing the new undergraduate general education curriculum.
Continue to invest in a robust assessment program and to draw upon findings in intentional ways to
strengthen the AU experience.
Invest in the development of new programs designed to serve the distinctive needs and ambitions
of today's undergraduate, adult degree completion and graduate students.
Strengthen the university's academic program through strategic investments and developmental
programming.
II. Provide Aurora University students with high-quality academic support and student life programs and services.
Support the needs and ambitions of Aurora University' s diverse and multi-talented undergraduate
student body with targeted programs and services.
Provide Aurora University students with high quality opportunities to compete with their peers
across the country through NCAA Division III intercollegiate play.
III. Create a vibrant community of students, faculty and staff dedicated to the mission and values of the
university.
Establish and achieve recruitment and retention goals for all segments of the university's
enrollment.
Support the efforts of the AU employee community by providing an appropriate range of human
resource programs and services.
IV. Forge the university-wide understanding of identity, mission and vision necessary to power Aurora University into the future.
Encourage university-wide engagement in strategic planning and decision-making processes.
Communicate the institution's story effectively to stakeholders and the wider public.
V. Sustain Aurora University's positive momentum through strategic investments and thoughtful stewardship of resources.
Continue to emphasize the importance of creating a safe, secure and sustainable
university-wide culture.
Invest in strategic improvements, through the renovation of existing structures and
construction of new facilities, on both campuses.
Improve Aurora University's financial position through the strategic management/investment
of existing resources.

Each of the stated goals will be pursued through a set of targeted strategies:
I. Provide Aurora University students with a wide range of high-quality, innovative academic experiences.
Continue the process of implementing the new undergraduate general education curriculum.
Continue to invest in a robust assessment program and to draw upon findings in intentional ways to
strengthen the AU experience.
Invest in the development of new programs designed to serve the distinctive needs and ambitions
of today's undergraduate, adult degree completion and graduate students.
Strengthen the university's academic program through strategic investments and developmental
programming.
II. Provide Aurora University students with high-quality academic support and student life programs and services.
Support the needs and ambitions of Aurora University' s diverse and multi-talented undergraduate
student body with targeted programs and services.
Provide Aurora University students with high quality opportunities to compete with their peers
across the country through NCAA Division III intercollegiate play.
III. Create a vibrant community of students, faculty and staff dedicated to the mission and values of the
university.
Establish and achieve recruitment and retention goals for all segments of the university's
enrollment.
Support the efforts of the AU employee community by providing an appropriate range of human
resource programs and services.
IV. Forge the university-wide understanding of identity, mission and vision necessary to power Aurora University into the future.
Encourage university-wide engagement in strategic planning and decision-making processes.
Communicate the institution's story effectively to stakeholders and the wider public.
V. Sustain Aurora University's positive momentum through strategic investments and thoughtful stewardship of resources.
Continue to emphasize the importance of creating a safe, secure and sustainable
university-wide culture.
Invest in strategic improvements, through the renovation of existing structures and
construction of new facilities, on both campuses.
Improve Aurora University's financial position through the strategic management/investment
of existing resources.

Aurora University challenges its community to Discover what matters and build your life around it. As a pioneer in reimaging STEM education across the P-16 system, the 30-year, $25 million journey of the STEM Partnership School represents the trek of a learning organization. AU recently received the Tellabs Foundation award for infrastructure and equipment for the Michael J. Birck Collaboration Center which will house the Michael J. Birck Innovation Engineering Program for high school and undergraduate students.

Aurora University has acquired the property on which to develop a Spartan Athletic Park. The University owns the former Wolf Run Golf Course and is completing the purchase process on the large adjacent property owned previously by New Heart Church together with the acquisition of four residential properties. The campus has grown tremendously in 16 years: from approximately 27 acres to nearly 140 which will be developed to serve the strategic opportunities envisioned for the 21st century.

On its Wisconsin-based George Williams College campus, Aurora University will launch a complete, Bachelor of Science in Nursing program in the Fall of 2017. During the current year the University will seek partners to underwrite the capital and equipment investments this new program requires. The ultimate goal of the program is to assist in providing highly-qualified health care professionals to assist in meeting the projected shortage of 20,000 nurses across Wisconsin (1,051,000 nationally).

Financials

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AURORA UNIVERSITY

Board of directors
as of 8/15/2016
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Ms. Hilary K. Brennan (AU '83)

Community Volunteer

Term: July 2012 -


Board co-chair

Mr. Philip S. Cali

Nicor, Inc. (Retired)

Joanne Hansen President

Hansen-Furnas Foundation

Chriss Johns Owner

MBS Investments, LP

John Ammons (AU '83) President

Wheatland Title Guaranty Company

David Bergman Former President

Processed Plastics

Donald Churchill (AU '68, '85) Retired

Douglas Craft (AU '75) Executive Vice President (Retired)

Fiserv, Inc.

Chad De King (AU '83) Business Development/Managing Partner

DeKing & Associates

Charles Doss President

The Prudential Doss Real Estate

Farrell Fentress (GWC '6, '71) Executive Vice President - Development (Retired)

WTTW Channel 11

Ronald Hem Attorney

Alschuler, Simantz & Hem, LLC

Shawn Jeffers (AU '75) CEO/Executive Director

Little City Foundation

Michael Keefe CEO

Keefe and Associates, Inc.

Ruth Mendius (AU '67) Travel Counselor (Retired)

Calvin Myers (AU '64) President (Retired)

Merchants Bancorp, Inc.

Gerald Palmer Vice President (Retired)

Caterpillar Inc.

Scott Palmer (AU '72, Hon. '02) (Retired)

Chief of Staff to Speaker J. Dennis Hastert

Myron Resnick Senior Vice President/Chief Investment Officer (Retired)

AllState Insurance Company

Donald Schindlebeck Division Vice President (Retired)

Commonwealth Edison

Ann Sheets (GWC '77) President and CEO

Camp Fire First Texas

John Simms Vice President (Retired)

Merkle Korff Industries

Michelle Simms Operating Room Nurse (Retired)

David Stone (AU '68) Regional Inspector General for Auditing (Retired)

U.S. General Services Administration, Office of Inspector General

Thomas Stuhley Chairman of the Board/CEO (Retired)

Mid America Bank

Ronald Thomas (AU '70) Executive Director (Retired)

Advent Christian General Conference

Roger Tucker (AU '61) U.S. Government (Retired)

Linnea Windel (AU '96) President/CEO

VNA Health Care

Rebecca Sherrick President

Aurora University

Andrew Patton

2014 Lincoln Laureate Award Recipient

Haley Pessina

2015 Lincoln Laureate Award Recipient

Hector Velazquez

2015 Spartan Award Recipient

BOARD MEMBERS, EMERITI

Delbert Arsenault (GWC '62, '66) President and CEO (Retired)

Chicago Youth Centers

James Benson Chairman (Retired)

Old Second National Bank

Tell Coffey President (Retired)

Coffey Construction

W.A. Greene Vice President-Secretary (Retired)

Barber-Greene Company, Aurora

Florence Hart

Donald Kieso (AU '58, Hon. '03) Professor of Accountancy, Emeritus

Northern Illinois University

John McKee Sales/Service Rep. (Retired)

Door Systems

F.R. Miller (AU '61) Community Relations Manager (Retired)

Illinois Bell Telephone Co.

John Roesch Banking Executive (Retired)

Thomas Scott (GWC '61, '63) Realtor

Coldwell Banker Real Estate

Calvin Thelin Attorney of Counsel

Goldsmith, Thelin, Dickson & Brown

Frank Voris Executive Vice President/COO (Retired)

Merchants National Bank