February 20, 2012

APAC’s Jacqueline Berger Runs for SURS Board of Trustees

Jacqueline Berger, the only UIC candidate for SURS Trustee.

THE STATE Universities Retirement System (SURS) will hold an election to fill the expiring terms of two trustee positions.

THREE CANDIDATES qualify for the “Contributing Member Trustee” slot: Jacqueline Berger of UIC, an APAC Member and Academic Professional Senator in the University Senate; Andrew Matthews, Illinois State University; and Dorinda Miller, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

THERE IS one “Annuitant Trustee” candidate: John Engstrom, Northern Illinois University.

ELECTION BALLOTS will be mailed to all contributing members by Friday, March 30, 2012. The voting period runs through Tuesday, May 1, 2012. SURS will announce the results in June 2012.

APAC URGES all UIC APs to participate in the upcoming election.

BERGER IS Director of Communications in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research at UIC. She has over 18 years of experience at UIC, 16 as an Academic Professional and two as Civil Service, including five years in Human Resources where she was responsible for planning the annual Retirement Planning Conference and other retirement seminars which involved SURS and 403B vendors.

SHE IS a member of UIC United, the UIC chapter of the State Universities Annuitants Association. In her role on APAC she serves as secretary and also serves as one of three Academic Professional members of the UIC Senate. Berger also serves as a member of the University Professional Personnel Advisory Committee (UPPAC), which serves the over 6,000 Academic Professionals working at the University, and provides advice to the University of Illinois President on behalf of all APs.

BERGER SAID she is “committed to preserving the pension benefits of current State employees and to preserving the benefits now received by annuitants. This is essential in order to retain and recruit top employees and faculty. Employees and annuitants must have a voice as the pension debate continues.”

APAC CHAIR Michael Moss said, “Jacquie is uniquely qualified to represent UIC. She is a UI alum, she has been employed at the University for more than 18 years, she has served on APAC since 2006, and she has served on the UIC Senate since APs were first allowed as members. She has an excellent understanding of employee concerns regarding SURS and she has demonstrated long-term dedication to serving the best interests of our campus. As a colleague, I have learned that Jacquie doesn’t give up – she has the tenacity that is needed to weather a bureaucratic system, and the integrity that is needed to fight for us without giving in to special interests or politics.”

FOR MORE information about the election, contact William Mabe, Executive Director, State Universities Retirement System, 1901 Fox Drive, Champaign, IL 61820, (217) 378-8800.

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