CHARLESTON — Jeff Cooley, vice president for business affairs at
Eastern Illinois University, has announced his retirement,
effective Dec. 31, 2008.
"Jeff's retirement will be a huge loss to Eastern's administrative
team," said EIU President Bill Perry. "His work has been
absolutely critical to me in my first year at Eastern. His
leadership and knowledge of fiscal matters, of the university and
of state offices has been of great benefit to Eastern for many,
miss Jeff's energy, great sense of humor, expertise, ideas and
dedication to the university's best interests. I wish
him well in his upcoming retirement."
announcing his plans to retire, Cooley said he had been "truly
blessed" during his tenure as vice president.
had the opportunity to work with some very dedicated and
extraordinary people," he said. "It wouldn’t have been nearly as
much fun, though, without the support I’ve received from the
members of my staff and the President’s Council over the years.
They’ve been great.
especially enjoyed the opportunity to work with President Perry
this past year. His vision for Eastern, and the leadership he
provides, made my decision to retire more difficult than I would
Cooley added, the opportunity to spend more time with his wife,
children and grandchildren ultimately was more
Cooley, an EIU graduate and 25-year employee of the institution,
was appointed vice president for business affairs in June 2001 by
then-president Carol Surles, following a national search. He was
no stranger to the office, having served as assistant vice
president from 1997 to 1999, and as acting vice president for
business affairs following the 1999 resignation of Morgan
Previously, Cooley served as director of internal auditing
(1983-1997), and spent four years (1979 to 1983) working in the
private sector as a senior accountant in the Taylorville area. He
is a certified public accountant, internal auditor and fraud
Cooley received his bachelor's degree in accounting from Eastern in
According to Perry, a search advisory committee will be selected
this summer and will begin its work in finding a new vice president
for business affairs this fall.