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Dr. Cheryl Green becomes Governors State University’s sixth president

By Josh Bootsma

UNIVERSITY PARK, Ill. (September 21, 2021) — Dr. Cheryl Green was recently invested as president of Governors State University, making her the institution’s sixth president. Hundreds attended her investiture at the university’s Center for Performing Arts.

Cheryl Green
Dr. Cheryl Green is Governors State University’s sixth president. (Photo provided)

The ceremony included a message from Governor J.B. Pritzker before Board of Trustee Chair Lisa Harrell and Trustee Jim Kvedaras led the investiture.

“By virtue of the authority of the Board of Trustees, and with the confidence of the full board, we place the official medallion around your neck as an outward symbol of your authority and responsibility as the sixth president of Governors State University,” said Harrell.

Green is a Chicago native and has more than 30 years of experience in higher education.

According to Governors State’s website, Green has most recently 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.

Green has a Ph.D. and master’s degree in counseling psychology from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. She also has obtained her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Manchester College — now Manchester University — in North Manchester, Indiana. She 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, according to

Green’s investiture ceremony included a variety of distinguished guests and speakers.

Governor State University is located at 1 University Parkway, University Park, IL.


Josh Bootsma
Josh Bootsma
Josh is Managing Editor at The Lansing Journal and believes in the power and purpose of community news. He covers any local topics—from village government to theatre, from business openings to migratory birds.