University of Illinois System

Donald J. Edwards

Current Term


Appointed By Governor


Professional Experience 

  • Chief executive officer, Flexpoint Ford LLC (2005-present)
  • Chief executive officer, Liberte Investors, Inc. (2004)
  • Principal, GTCR (1994-2003)
  • Associate, Lazard Ltd., (1988-1992)

Professional/Civic Affiliations, Activities and Community Service

  • Commissioner, Chicago Park District
  • Director, World Business Chicago
  • Trustee, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
  • Director, Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
  • Chairman, Audit and Finance Committees, PGA of America
  • Lifetime member, University of Illinois Alumni Association
  • Member, Economic Club of Chicago
  • Endowed scholarships established: College of Business, University of Illinois; Men’s Golf Team, University of Illinois; Harvard Business School


  • MBA, Harvard Business School, Baker Scholar distinction (1994)
  • BS, Finance, highest honors, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Bronze Tablet honors (1988)

Party Affiliation




Trustee Edwards