New UI trustee says he has no specific agenda

New UI trustee says he has no specific agenda

Newly appointed University of Illinois Trustee Sanford "Sandy" Perl, a 1987 University of Illinois accounting graduate, made his first appearance at Wednesday's board committee meetings at the UI Springfield's new Student Union.

Perl, a Republican who said he has known Gov. Bruce Rauner "for many years," is a corporate lawyer at Kirkland & Ellis in Chicago. His principal clients include private equity firms, among them Rauner's old firm, GTCR, and Flexpoint Ford, where UI Trustee Don Edwards is CEO.

"When the governor was elected the first time, somebody showed me a list of every commission and committee in the entire state, and many of them were going to be restaffed. It was 10 pages long, single-spaced, and the only thing on that entire list that I thought I would like the opportunity to serve on would be this," Perl said Wednesday. "So I'm very happy."

Rauner appointed Perl to a six-year term on Monday, the last of three vacancies created in January 2017, when three former trustees' terms expired. Rauner appointed Edwards in March 2017, and Champaign physician Stuart King last summer. The Senate has yet to confirm any of the three appointments.

Perl said he has no specific agenda as trustee but was very happy to be appointed. "It's a huge complex organization. I just want to get the lay of the land," he said.

His daughter is currently a junior in political science at the UI's Urbana campus.

Asked his thoughts on the Chief Illiniwek issue, Perl said: "As a student, I loved the Chief. But the decision's been made, and I will respect the decision. And I think we should find a path forward that people can rally around and that keeps everybody together."