Will County Board’s chief of staff confirmed as higher ed trustee
Friefeld trusted leader in Will County for three decades
JOLIET, IL – Will County Board’s Chief of Staff Bruce Friefeld was unanimously reconfirmed last week by the Illinois State Senate as a Governors State University Trustee.
“Bruce has been a trusted leader and advisor in our Will County community for nearly three decades,” said Chairman Jim Moustis. “The Senate’s confirmation of him to a statewide post demonstrates the great value of his expertise. On behalf of the county, I thank him for his enduring and exceptional service.”
Friefeld was originally appointed to the Governors State University (GSU) Board of Trustees in 1996. He served as the chair of the board from 2000 to 2007. This marks his 15th consecutive year of service to the University Park school. During his tenure, Friefeld has been a champion in keeping GSU’s undergraduate tuition the most affordable in the Chicagoland region. He was also a member of Illinois’ Civil Service Merit Board from 2003 to 2007.
The longtime Mokena resident began his career in public service following his election to the Mokena Village Board of Trustees in 1983. Two years later, Friefeld was elected Supervisor of Frankfort Township. In 1988, he was appointed as legal counsel to the Will County Executive and later served as a special assistant in the Executive’s Office. Since 2004, Friefeld has held the Board’s chief of staff position.
Friefeld received his law degree from DePaul University College of Law and was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 1974. He is also a veteran of the United States Naval Reserves. His local community service includes past president of the Mokena Chamber of Commerce as well as Mokena Lions Club. In addition, he was a member of the Lincolnway High School Foundation for Educational Excellence.
GSU is the only public university in Chicago’s south suburban area, serving approximately 7,750 students. The upper division school provides affordable and accessible undergraduate and graduate education to culturally and economically diverse students.