Thomas W. Akers


LNU-Msu Cib

Role: Faculty
Campus: West Plains



  • BA, Communications, Western Illinois University


  • Communications
  • Journalism

Professional experience

Tom is a former television news broadcaster, radio station news director and corporate communications spokesperson.

Ten of his 25 years in senior management was in international business.

Tom was president of a corporation.

He also served for eight years on steering committees of three different Chamber of Commerce leadership academies.

And Tom has served on the Board of Directors: of the McLean County of Illinois Chamber of Commerce; as Chairman of the Board of the Centralia Illinois Industrial Commission, on the Board of the Centralia Chamber of Commerce, and on the Board of the McLean County of Illinois United Way.

Other interests

Campus Service

  • English Corner
  • LNU-MSU College of International Business improvement committees

Awards and honors

  • Tom served on the Business Advisory Council to the Dean of the Illinois State University, College of Business, for 10 years
  • As a former business leader, television talk-show host and radio newscaster, Tom has received awards for contributions to his organizations and his community