John F. Gilligan, Ph.D , a licensed clinical psychologist, is President Emeritus of Fayette Companies. He is the past chairman of the Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce, the Employers' Association of Illinois, and the Central Illinois Workforce board of directors. He currently serves on the on the board of directors for the Creve Coeur Club, the Workforce Development Network, J.C. Proctor Endowment, the Institute for Principled Leadership in Public Service at Bradley University, Quality Quest for Health, and the Drug Prevention Network of the Americas/Red Interamericana para la Prevencion de las Drogas.
He was a founding member of the Leadership Development Center and has provided managerial training and consultation to managers representing more than 200 of the Fortune 500 corporations. He has taught in the School of Business Administration at Bradley University and is an Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.
In addition to published professional research and presentations, he has written numerous editorials. His most recent books were The Adversity Challenge (with Charles Stoner, Ph.D.) and The Library of Congress: An Embodiment of the American Identity (with Congressman Ray LaHood).