Elizabeth Cheek

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SECTOR: Vice Chancellor for Administration & Finance


Elizabeth Cheek began her career at SIU working for Building Services in February 2001 as an extra-help clerical worker. In June 2001, she was promoted to a full-time Civil Service Clerical Assistant position with Building Services. In this capacity, she was responsible for assisting Superintendent Jay Brooks in managing the day to day operations in the custodial office for approximately 125 full-time staff and 165 student workers. In 2003, Elizabeth was promoted to a Statistical Clerk with Plant and Service Operations (PSO). Throughout the years, she was promoted to an Account Technician II and an Account Technician III for PSO where she was responsible for payroll and personnel paperwork for 404 full-time employees, 83 extra-help employees, and 250 student workers. She was recognized as Plant and Service Operations Employee of the Quarter and Employee of the Year in 2007. In July 2015, Elizabeth moved into a position with the Grounds Department where she now assists Superintendent Dave Tippy in managing the day to day operations in the grounds office for approximately 63 full-time staff and 24-29 student workers. 

Elizabeth has served on the Civil Service Council since 2002. She has served on nearly all Civil Service Council committees, has served two terms as Secretary and two terms as Treasurer. On February 1, 2017 she was elected Vice President.  She considers it an honor to be part of a wonderful group of individuals who strive to do their best to represent all civil service employees.

She and her husband, Ryan (SIUC ’98), are both Pinckneyville natives. They married in 1998, and have three sons’ Ethan Clay, Evan Lucas, and Eli Steven. Ryan is currently a Building Service Sub-Foreman for the Physical Plant. Before coming to work for SIU, Elizabeth worked for the City of Pinckneyville in both part-time and full-time capacities. Elizabeth received her Associate in Applied Science from SIU in 1999 and a Bachelor of Science in University Studies in May, 2020.

Elizabeth is the daughter of John S. (SIUC ‘72) and Linda Biby, and the sister of Kevin Biby (SIUC ’98).  She is a member of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, American Society of Radiologic Technologists, Pinckneyville Shooting Sports Board of Directors, Southern Illinois Youth Sport Shooting Association (SIYSSA), State Universities Annuitants Association (SUAA), and the SIU Alumni Association.  When not at work, you will find Elizabeth is very dedicated to her sons’ school activities and sporting events.  The boys keep her very busy as they participate in band, baseball, basketball, fishing team, football, and shooting sports.  She has many varied interests, including working in her flowers, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.