SIU President Randy Dunn has named an 18-member committee to begin the process of selecting the Carbondale campus’ next permanent chancellor.
“These people have agreed to serve because of their commitment to the university, and I appreciate their willingness to assist in this critical undertaking,” Dunn said in a statement.
When the SIU Board of Trustees approved the appointment of Brad Colwell as interim chancellor effective Oct. 1, 2015, it was with the understanding that he would serve up to two years until a national search is completed.
The Carbondale campus has been without a permanent chancellor since July 2014, when Rita Cheng left to become president of Northern Arizona University.
Following her departure, Paul Sarvela was named interim chancellor, but he abruptly died in November 2014. Dunn assumed some responsibilities of the chancellor’s office until Colwell’s hiring about a year ago.
“My charge to the search advisory committee will be to work as expeditiously as possible,” Dunn said in a statement. “It is my belief that we need to have a permanent chancellor in place as soon as practicable, given the continuing deterioration of the budget situation at the campus and state levels.”
Members of the committee include Laurie Achenbach, dean of the College of Science; Jason Bond, professor, plant, soil and agricultural systems; Daniel Booth, principal, CCHS; Nate Brown, an alumnus; Deborah Burris, clinical associate professor, Office of Teacher Education; Judith Davie, associate professor, biochemistry and molecular biology; Wayne Glass, director, Office of Sponsored Projects Administration, A/P Staff Council; Ben Handler, vice president, Undergraduate Student Government; Andrea Imre, associate professor, Morris Library; Vicki Kreher, senior lecturer, journalism; Segun Ojewuyi, associate professor, theater; Julie Partridge, associate professor, kinesiology; Barbara Shiplett, coordinator of physical therapy services, Student Health Services, Civil Service Council; Matt Solverson, SIU Foundation Board of Directors; Naomi Tolbert, student member, SIU Board of Trustees; Tomas Velasco, associate professor, technology; Xiaoxin Wang Beardsley, associate professor, finance; and Brandon Woudenberg, president, Graduate and Professional Student Council.
Non-voting staff to the committee includes Matt Baughman, assistant to the chancellor; and Penny Moon from the president’s Office.