Mr. Tom Layzell served for 23 years as the chief executive officer of two multi-campus governing boards and a statewide coordinating board. He was chancellor of the Illinois Board of Governors of State Colleges and Universities, commissioner of higher education for the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning, and president of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education.
Over the course of his 42-year career in higher education, Layzell has extensive experience with system coordination; policy analysis and development; academic program development and review; strategic planning; development of a public agenda; development of accountability measures; budgeting and financial management; external relations; presidential searches and evaluations; collective bargaining and employee relations; and workforce development.
He has made numerous presentations on higher education issues at state, regional, and national meetings including those led by the National Association of System Heads and State Higher Education Executive Officers. Layzell served as the past chairman of the executive committee of SHEEO, president of the National Association of System Heads (NASH), member of the National Commission on Accountability in Higher Education, member of AGB’s Council of Presidents.
Layzell has served on a variety of public boards concerned with distance learning, educational television, K-12 education, P-16 relations, workforce development, health insurance, college savings, financial aid, and public libraries.
Layzell received a BA in history from Millikin University, and JD and MAPA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.