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Mr. Thomas C. Britton

MB Member
Southern Illinois University
Appointed: 6/6/2018

Thomas C. Britton, a three-degree graduate of Southern Illinois University Carbondale, was appointed by Gov. Bruce Rauner to the Board of Trustees in April 2018.

A member of the SIU School of Law’s first graduating class in 1976, Britton, who retired as an emeritus professor at the law school, also earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from SIUC during his five-decade relationship with the university.

After graduating from law school, Britton would begin his service in a number of administrative roles for the SIU system-office and SIU Carbondale campus. He started his career with the university system as administrative counsel to the Board of Trustees.

Britton was named to his first vice chancellor/vice president post when he was 36 years old, and he spent 17 years in SIU’s Central Administration, where he served in various capacities, including executive assistant to the president, vice chancellor/president for administration and vice chancellor for institutional advancement.

In 1992, Britton joined the law school full-time and became the first SIU School of Law graduate named associate dean. He was acting dean in 1995-96 and was an associate professor and director of the law school’s graduate legal studies program and director of development. He retired in 2016, upon being named outstanding faculty member by the class of 2016.

He taught courses in the area of public law, including administrative law, legislative and administrative process, state and local government law and education law. As director of the Graduate Legal Studies, Britton oversaw development and inclusion of the law school’s first non-JD graduate programs: the Master of Legal Studies (MLS) and Master of Law (LLM) program.

Britton has served as a senior consultant to the Illinois State Board of Education and trained administrative law judges on cases involving special need students.