Gov. Pat Quinn on Friday named Joel Sambursky of Carbondale to the SIU Board of Trustees.
Sen. David Luechtefeld,
R-Okawville, said Sambursky has been thoroughly vetted by both parties and the governor’s office, and the senator foresees no problems with Sambursky’s appointment gaining Senate approval.
Luechtefeld said he and Sen. Gary Forby, D-Benton, both
support the appointment.
Sambursky, 31, is perhaps best known as the quarterback of the 2002-2005 Salukis, leading the team to three conference championships and national playoff appearances. He holds the SIU record for career passing with nearly 8,000 yards and was inducted into the Saluki Hall of Fame in 2012.
He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at SIU and is president of his own financial advisement firm, Liberty Wealth Management LLC. He is a member of the board of Carbondale Community Arts and is a former president and executive director of the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce.
A native of Liberty, Mo., he married former standout Saluki golfer Samantha “Sam” (Sutzer) Sambursky.
SIU Board Chairman Randal Thomas said he was pleased to hear of Sambursky’s appointment.
“I know his reputation of success as a businessman and his legacy at the university,” Thomas said.
Sambursky’s appointment will mean all seats are again filled, and “The board certainly has a lot on its plate; I look forward to sitting down and getting to work with him,” Thomas said.
One thing the board is planning will be some town-hall style public meetings on the campuses, especially important as the university system begins a search for a new president. President Glenn Poshard has announced he will retire next June.
Poshard said, “I think Joel will make a great addition to the board. He’s certainly proven himself as a small-businessman and leader on the athletic fields.”
Sambursky is not only well thought of at the university and in the region, but very intelligent and deeply devoted to SIU, Poshard said.
Said Luechtefeld, “I think he’s a fine choice. He really loves the university, and we need that kind of commitment to move SIU forward.”
“I do love my university, Sambursky said Friday. “Whatever I’ve accomplished in my life to date is tribute to the professors and all the great people of SIU.
“If my appointment speaks of anything, I hope it speaks to young people of the great opportunities available at SIU.”
Sambursky said it’s no accident he has stayed in Southern Illinois. “Sam and I didn’t want to chase bigger paychecks someplace else. This is where we belong; this is home.”