Minier resident Barbara Baurer was appointed to EIU’s Board of Trustees in April 2017 by Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner. She earned her bachelor’s degree in mathematics from EIU in 1975 before earning her master’s degree in business administration a year later.
She served as the Chief Operating Officer for COUNTRY Financial since 1999, retiring in 2015 after providing COUNTRY Financial 37 years of dedicated service. She was the organization’s first female and youngest-ever Vice President when she began reporting to the CEO at age 34 as the company’s Vice President of Management Information Services. In that role, she was responsible for all insurance and investment management operations, information technology services, and the always-open customer service call center.
During her career, Baurer served on Boards for the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies, the Institutes for Property/Casualty Insurance, the Griffith Insurance Education Foundation, the EIU Foundation, EIU’s College of Business Advisory, the United Way of McLean County, and Bromenn Regional Medical System. In addition to the EIU Board of Trustees, she also now serves on the board for FBAlliance Insurance Company.
Baurer also received numerous awards and recognition during her career, including the Illinois Diversity Council’s Most Powerful and Influential Woman award, the Griffith Insurance Distinguished Service and Lifetime Achievement awards, the McLean County YWCA Woman of Distinction award. She also is a member of the Illinois State University Business Hall of Fame. Her other EIU distinctions include the EIU Outstanding Graduate Alumni award, the Distinguished Alumna Award from EIU’s School of Business, the Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumna Award, and an honorary doctorate degree from her alma mater for her commitment to public service.