FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 26, 2016
Governor Announces Appointments; Staff Hire
SPRINGFIELD Governor Bruce Rauner announced he has made appointments to the Illinois Board of Higher Education and Illinois Teachers Retirement System Board.
Name: Tom Cross
Position: Chairman Illinois Board of Higher EducationGovernor Bruce Rauner has appointed former State Representative Tom Cross as the Chairman of theIllinois Board of Higher Education. Crosss experience as a state legislator and fiscal reformer will be an asset to the board. Cross served in the Illinois General Assembly for 22 years and was the House Republican Leader from 2002-2013. He is currently a distinguished fellow at Aurora University where he promotes innovation in STEM education programs and a senior consultant at Culloton Strategies. Cross is also an attorney and a former prosecutor in the Kendall County State¹s Attorney¹s office. Cross earned his bachelors degree from Illinois Wesleyan University and his law degree from Samford University. He lives in Oswego.
Name: Ann Deters
Position: Board Member Illinois Teachers¹ Retirement System Board
Governor Bruce Rauner has appointed Ann Deters to the Illinois Teachers Retirement System Board. Deters¹ experience in business, finance and consulting makeher an ideal choice for the position. Deters is the founder and CEO of Vantage Outsourcing, a medical service company and was previously named in the Top 500 Fasting Growing Small Businesses in the U.S. She founded the company in 1997, which has grown to include a customer base of more than 175 accounts across the country. Deters is a graduate of Southern Methodist University and earned an MBA from Northwestern University. She lives in Effingham.
Name: Randall Winters
Position: Board Member Illinois Teachers Retirement System Board
Governor Bruce Rauner has appointed Randall Winters to the Illinois Teachers Retirement System Board. He brings over 20 years of financing and advisory experience to the board.Winters served as a senior member of the Financial Sponsors Group of Deutsche Bank and its predecessor entities. Winters has extensive experience working closely with private equity funds in a variety of financing roles as well as fundraising. He also served as an associate in investment banking for The Chicago Corp and for Barclays. In addition to his work, Winters is chair of the Governance Committee for the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center and serves as their treasurer. He is also an advisor to the Rush Mini-Medical School program. Winters holds a bachelor¹s degree in accounting from Boston University and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago. He lives in Highland Park.