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Name: Board of Governors of State Colleges and Universities - RG 474
Variant Name: Teachers College Board


Historical Note:

The Teachers College Board was created in 1941 to make rules, regulations, and bylaws for state teachers colleges and state normal universities; visit to inspect each annually; employ institutional presidents and all other employees; prescribe courses of study; issue diplomas; examine the conditions, management and administration of institutions; and receive and administer all trusts and gifts made to institutions. It was composed of the director of the Department of Registration and Education, the Superintendent of Public Instruction, and nine other members appointed by the Governor (L. 1941, pp. 1277-1278). When first created the board oversaw Illinois State Normal University at Normal, Southern Illinois State Normal University at Carbondale, Northern Illinois State Teachers College at DeKalb, Eastern Illinois State Teachers College at Charleston, and Western Illinois State Teachers College at Macomb.

Over the years various institutions came under and left its control. When the board’s name was changed to the Board of Governors of State Colleges and Universities in 1965, it oversaw Eastern Illinois University, Illinois State University, Illinois Teachers College at Chicago, Northern Illinois University, and Western Illinois University (L. 1965, p. 1621). When the board was abolished at the beginning of 1996, its powers passed over to the governing bodies of its respective institutions: Chicago State University, Eastern Illinois University, Governors State University, Northeastern Illinois University, and Western Illinois University (P.A. 89-0004, pp. 16, 34, 52, 89, 127, 244).

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