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Mr. Joseph Dively



Eastern Illinois University
Appointed: 7/25/2019

Mr. Joe Dively was named to the EIU Board of Trustees in October 2011. He is chairman and CEO of First Mid Bancshares Inc., based in Mattoon, Ill. Mr. Dively's business career includes service as a senior vice president for Consolidated Communications and in sales and management roles with IBM and Caterpillar.

A Charleston native, Mr. Dively has served his alma mater as president of the Alumni Association, chair of the Business School Advisory Board, and as a member of both the EIU Foundation Board and the Panther Club. He has been an active member of the business community, serving as chair of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, president of the Charleston Chamber of Commerce, chair of the Sarah Bush Lincoln Health System, and on the board of the Illinois Bankers Association.

He received his bachelor of science degree in business from EIU in 1981, and was presented the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2003.