Steven M. Rock has been chosen to fill an elected active-member seat on the SURS Board of Trustees that was vacant due to a trustee’s resignation in April 2015. Rock was elected by a majority vote of the remaining five elected trustees. His term runs through July 15, 2018.
Rock has been an Economics professor at Western Illinois University since 1990 and served six years as chair of their Faculty Senate. Prior to joining WIU, he was an associate professor at Northern Illinois University from 1986-90 and the Illinois Institute of Technology from 1978-86. Rock began his career as a visiting assistant professor at the University of Illinois-Chicago from 1975-78. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from Northwestern University.
Rock has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals, including Economic Inquiry, National Tax Journal, Public Finance Quarterly, Public Budgeting and Finance, Transportation Research and Public Health Reports.
He is secretary of the Faculty Advisory Council of Illinois Board of Higher Education and National Vice President for Finance for the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Rock has also been active at the chapter and local level of the University Professionals of Illinois. He has served on a number of education-related task forces, several involving the Illinois Monetary Assistance Program.
The SURS Board is comprised of 11 members: four elected participating (active) SURS members, two elected annuitant (retired) SURS members, four members appointed by the governor, and the chairperson, appointed by the governor, who also serves as the chair of the Illinois State Board of Higher Education.