John F. Gilligan, Ph.D. is the president emeritus of Fayette Companies and its
seven subsidiaries: Human Service Center, White Oaks Companies of Illinois,
Behavioral Health Advantages, Inc., BHA Poland Sp.z o.o., Human Service Center
Foundation, Perry & Monroe Investment Co., and Advantage Enterprises, Inc.
[President/CEO: 1979-2005; and 2012-2014]
Dr. Gilligan is a licensed clinical psychologist and has developed a combination of
non-for-profit and for-profit enterprises. As a founding member and past vice-
chairman of the Leadership Development Center 1985-95, he provided managerial
training and consultation to managers representing more than 200 of the Fortune
500 corporations. Internationally, BHA Poland, located in Warsaw and Russia,
provided consultation and management training to multi-national corporations
doing business in Central and Eastern Europe.
He is presently a board member of UnityPlace, a behavioral health institution;
Creve Coeur Club of Peoria; the Dean of the College of Medicine’s (Peoria)
Advisory Council; and the Advisory Board of the Bradley University Center for
Principled Leadership and Public Service. And currently serves as a voluntary
faculty member of the University of Illinois College of Medicine, Department of
Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.
Dr. Gilligan has also served as chairman of the board of directors for the following
organizations: Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce, the Employers' Association of
Illinois, Workforce Development Board for Central Illinois, the Illinois Heath Care
Collaborative (Quality Quest), Treasurer of the American Academy of
Psychotherapists, and the Citizens Advisory Council on Social Services for the
Illinois Department of Public Aid.
He was also appointed by two Governors of the State of Illinois to the state’s
Advisory Council on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependency and served as
chairman of its Prevention Committee.
He received his Ph.D. from the University of Idaho and completed post-doctoral
fellowships in clinical psychology from the Illinois State Psychiatric Institute,
University of Illinois College of Medicine and the National Institute of Mental
Health. Previous degrees and formal education were from Stonehill College, North
Easton, MA; Fairfield University, CT; University of Angers, France; and the
Gregorian University, Rome, Italy
He is the author of the Soul of America: Essays on the Fourth of July; The Library
of Congress: An Embodiment of the American Identity co-authored with
Congressman Ray LaHood; Adversity Challenge with Charles Stoner and a co-
author of the. His recent publication (2016) is The American Revolution 1607-
1801: A Cultural History for Teachers, Parents, and Children.
In addition to published professional research articles and presentations, more than
200 editorials, essays and comments have appeared in the Peoria Journal Star,
Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times, and the Wall Street Journal. He is also a
recent (2013) recipient of the University of Illinois College Of Medicine’s (Peoria)
Annual Community Health Award.