CUCFL Community Leadership Council Charter

CUCFL Community Leadership Council Charter


  • Provide overall strategic direction to the CUCFL, promoting ingenuity, invention, and inspiration in the community
  • Align the CUCFL with key stakeholders in the community and beyond
  • Identify and address system barriers and enablers for effective CUCFL operations
  • Lead in generating funding to support CUCFL operations



  • President, Parkland College
  • Executive Director, Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club
  • Superintendent, Unit 4 (Champaign) Public Schools
  • Superintendent, Urbana Public Schools
  • Chief Information Officer, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Dean, College of Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Dean, College of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Dean, College of Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Dean, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Dean, School of Labor and Employment Relations, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Executive Director, I-STEM, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Urban and Champaign Mayor’s offices -- TBD
  • Champaign County Board – TBD
  • Congressional elected officials represented -- TBD
  • AFL-CIO labor council representative -- TBD
  • Department of Economic Development – TBD
  • State elected officials – TBD
  • Other leaders of community stakeholder organizations as appropriate
    • Membership on the Leadership Council is by role, as indicated above, and adjustments can be suggested by either the Community Leadership Council of the Steering Committee



  • Two meetings a year – in the Fall and Spring
  • Leaders are expected to attend – representatives can be sent when attendance is not possible
  • Reports are provided by all CUCFL Committees (Curriculum, IT, Fab Friends, and Operations)
  • Chair or Co-Chairs convene meetings and maintain the agenda


Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Conduct an annual review to ensure that the overall strategy and direction of the CUCFL is oriented to best serve the needs of the community.
  • Serve as leading community advocates for ingenuity, invention and inspiration.
  • Review overall curriculum and programs in order to maximize efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Solicit contributions, facilitate grant funding, and support other aspects of CUCFL sustainability. 
  • Help to identify the optimal places for grants and funding to come into the CUCFL and oversee arrangements for procurement and other operating expenses. 
  • Help maintain relations with key stakeholder organizations. 
  • Ensure that evaluation and feedback mechanisms are built into how the CUCFL functions. 
  • Members of the Community Leadership Council will be asked annually to reaffirm their membership in the Spring meeting. 



  • This charter is reviewed once a year, with adjustments made as appropriate.
  • Chair or co-chairs elected from among the Community Leadership Council members.
  • Business can be conducted by e-mail as well as face to face.
  • Minutes of meetings maintained and distributed to all Community Leadership Council members.
  • As appropriate, sub-committees may be established for key resource issues, such as funding, evaluation and sustainability, as well as other matters.
  • The budget for the CUCFL will reside in the Illinois Informatics Initiative, which will also provide targeted operations support and which will be recognized with appropriate branding relative to the fab lab.