Quinn advisor tapped to head board of higher ed

Tribune reporter

Gov. Pat Quinn has appointed a senior adviser from within his administration to lead the Illinois Board of Higher Education.

Lindsay Anderson, an attorney who most recently served as an advisor to Quinn and as chair of the Illinois Campaign Finance Reform Task Force, will replace the board’s current chairwoman, Carrie Hightman.

The 16-member board approves academic programs for the state’s colleges and universities and administers state and federal grant programs. The agency also collects data about students and colleges in Illinois.

 “Lindsay Anderson is a talented public servant who will work hard to improve higher education in Illinois, and encourage our young residents to pursue post secondary schooling, which will strengthen Illinois’ economy,” Quinn said in a statement.

Anderson is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Chicago-Kent College of Law.

Before joining Quinn’s staff in 2009, she worked as a lawyer and lobbyist at McGuireWoods, a firm whose clients ranged from health insurers to wind energy advocates.  Anderson has also worked as an assistant counsel to House Speaker Michael J. Madigan and in the office of Mayor Richard M. Daley.

The board position is unpaid. Hightman, who was appointed to the board in 2007, maintained a private-sector job at an energy holding company and sat on a number of other boards while she chaired the Illinois Board of Higher Education.

Anderson’s appointment is effective Wednesday.


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