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Year in review: front pages that defined 2014

2014 was a busy year for SIU. The university saw a drastic change in its top administrative roles. After the retirement of former President Glenn Poshard and the reassignment of ex-Provost John Nicklow, SIU hired President Randy Dunn and promoted ... Continue Reading →

‘Diversity’ a buzzword on Rauner’s transition team

From Democrats to pastors, Republican Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner has lined up a diverse group of people to help his transition into office. One day after winning the Illinois governor’s race, Rauner began announcing picks for his transition team. Rauner’s ... Continue Reading →
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Bruce Rauner celebrates his election as governor of Illinois on election
night Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014 at the Hilton Chicago.

Rauner to face new challenges as Gov.-elect

One in four Illinois residents say Illinois is the worst state to live in, according to a 2014 Gallup poll. Additionally, Illinois is the fourth most corrupt state in the nation, based on U.S. Department of Justice data. Four of the last seven Illinois ... Continue Reading →
Glenn Posard, left, speaks to Paul Sarvela on his last day as SIU President April 31. Sarvela joined Poshard on an farewell tour of campus. —Sarah Gardner | Daily Egyptian

Remembering Paul Sarvela: 1959-2014

Community reflects on 28 years of service to SIU When interim Chancellor Paul Sarvela died Sunday at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale, the university didn’t lose just its chancellor. It lost a husband, a father and a man who loved life, beer, research, ... Continue Reading →

Rauner makes first stop in Marion for ‘thank you tour’

Illinois Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner made his first stop on a statewide “Thank You Tour” in Marion Friday morning. Rauner spoke to a full house at The Vault Café, thanking volunteers, voters and supporters. On Thursday, Rauner named members of his transition ... Continue Reading →

SIU to pay $2 million for furlough days

A judge has ruled the university must repay nearly $2 million to about 1,500 current and former employees for four furlough days taken in spring 2011. Judge Colleen Harvey, of the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board, found the administration at ... Continue Reading →

Dunn begins era

The SIU marching band announced Randy Dunn’s entrance into the building as the media, administration and several students welcomed him with loud applause and eager ears Thursday afternoon in the student services building. Chancellor Rita Cheng introduced ... Continue Reading →
Glenn Poshard makes one of many phone calls Wednesday during his last day as SIU President at the Stone Center. Poshard spent his last day with normal daily tasks such as looking through his mail and setting up appointments, but also spent the afternoon on a tour of campus saying goodbye to faculty and students.

Glenn Poshard’s final day

President says goodbye to staff, students Glenn Poshard has served in Congress, Korea and at SIU.  But Wednesday he was just driving his car, and soon realized he needed to buckle his seatbelt. “Won’t be the first time I’ve broken the law trying ... Continue Reading →

University waits on smoke-free policy

Contrary to the March announcement, the university will not be smoke free as soon as expected.  The SIU Board of Trustees decided at its April 17 meeting the university will postpone the policy until legislatures pass a law banning smoking and the use ... Continue Reading →
SIU president Glenn Poshard will step down May 1.

Poshard steps down May 1

President Glenn Poshard has announced he will conclude his tenure May 1. Poshard’s contract was set to expire June 30, when incoming SIU president Randy Dunn was to begin. The board unanimously approved the presidential transition allowing Dunn ... Continue Reading →

Poshard: There’s not enough support

President presents legislators with repercussions of a 20 percent cut If university officials want to avoid a major appropriations cut, they will need legislators to extend Gov. Pat Quinn’s temporary tax increases. But President Glenn Poshard said Tuesday, ... Continue Reading →

Dunn confirms little contact with both SIU chancellors

Incoming SIU President Randy Dunn has had little contact with the administration he will oversee, and will not make any critical changes to the university’s plans until settled. Dunn said his discussion with the chancellors has been brief and “fairly ... Continue Reading →

Wage increase could hit SIU’s wallet

The federal minimum wage could be raised to $10.10 an hour, but university officials are not sure where the money to support it at SIU will come from.  During his State of the Union address and in the months following, President Barack Obama has argued ... Continue Reading →

State tax rate key to SIU funding

University given two scenarios, one flat funding and one involving a $25 million loss Gov. Pat Quinn’s fiscal year 2015 budget calls for appropriations for state universities to stay the same.  But President Glenn Poshard said numbers depend on the ... Continue Reading →

Leave clause included in presidential agreement

Termination would cost Dunn $250,000 Incoming SIU President Randy Dunn’s contract negotiation may have been rushed and includes what Dunn considers a bulky leave clause. Dunn and the SIU Board of Trustees negotiated the contract for three days beginning ... Continue Reading →
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