Glenn Poshard is returning to public office yet again.
At its meeting this week, the John A. Logan College Board of Trustees voted to appoint Poshard to serve out the term of the late Bill Alstat, who died Aug. 19 in Missouri. Alstat was elected to the board in 2015, and Poshard will have to decide whether to run in April for a full four- or six-year term on the board.
Poshard, who was approved for the seat by a 6-1 vote, is scheduled to be sworn in Sept. 27. Board Chairman Don Brewer said there were “six excellent candidates” for the seat.
Poshard most recently served as SIU’s president from 2005 to 2014. Having served five terms in Congress and as a member of the state General Assembly, Poshard also ran as a Democrat for Illinois governor in 1998, losing to Republican George Ryan.
Brewer noted that Poshard has a history with the college, having worked as an assistant to its president before heading to SIU. Brewer said that during that time, Poshard was able to secure several grants for the community college, which serves about 7,000 students.
—The Associated Press contributed to this report.