SIU president announces search for permanent chancellor

Daily Egyptian file photo

Daily Egyptian file photo

By Daily Egyptian staff

A national search for the Carbondale campus’ new permanent chancellor is underway.

SIU President Randy Dunn announced Monday an 18-person search committee to begin the process of selecting someone to fill the position held by interim Chancellor Brad Colwell, according to a press release.

Dunn said he hopes the committee — made of faculty, staff, students and community members — will name between two and four finalists by spring semester.


A previous permanent search was initiated after the death of interim Chancellor Paul Sarvela in November 2014. That search was suspended in June 2015 after the preferred candidate withdrew from consideration.

Dunn, who acted as president and chancellor after Sarvela’s death, appointed Colwell to the interim position on Oct. 1, 2015. The appointment was approved by the SIU Board of Trustees for up to two years.

Members of the committee include:

  • Laurie Achenbach, chair and dean of the College of Science
  • Jason Bond, professor in plant, soil and agricultural systems
  • Daniel Booth, principal of Carbondale Community High School
  • Nate Brown, alumnus from Belleville
  • Deborah Burris, clinical associate professor in the Office of Teacher Education
  • Judith Davie, associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biology
  • Wayne Glass, director of the Office of Sponsored Projects Administration, A/P Staff Council
  • Ben Handler, vice president of Undergraduate Student Government
  • Andrea Imre, associate professor in Library Affairs
  • Vicki Kreher, senior lecturer in journalism
  • Segun Ojewuyi, associate professor in theater
  • Julie Partridge, associate professor in kinesiology
  • Barbara Shiplett, coordinator of physical therapy services, Student Health Services, Civil Service Council
  • Matt Solverson, SIU Foundation Board of Directors
  • Naomi Tolbert, student trustee for the SIU Board of Trustees
  • Tomas Velasco, associate professor in technology
  • Xiaoxin Wang Beardsley, associate professor in finance
  • Brandon Woudenberg, president of the Graduate and Professional Student Council’s news desk can be reached at 618-536-3326 or [email protected].

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