Finance Advisory Board
The Southern Illinois University Finance External Advisory Board (EAB) was created in the summer of 2005 when Dr. Hussein Elsaid, Chair of the Finance Department, recruited ten members, consisting of business and/or civic leaders, to form the new board. Mr. Brien Leahy, Senior Vice President of Retail Branch Banking at MB Financial Bank in Chicago, Illinois, was nominated to serve as President at the Board's inaugural meeting in September 2005. Mr. Drew Stoker, Manager, International Contracts, Boeing Defense, Space & Security in St. Louis, Missouri, was elected Vice Chair.
The Board meets twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall. Meetings are held on the Southern Illinois University Carbondale campus. The Board serves as an advisory body to the faculty of the Department of Finance on various activities of the Department, its mission, and academic programs. Board members help identify opportunities for student and faculty development (e.g. internships, externships, traineeships, applied research, etc.) as well as assists in bringing business executives into closer contact with students and faculty.