Board of Trustees made no decision on permanent chancellor

Daily Egyptian file photo.

Daily Egyptian file photo.

By Cory Ray

A special Board of Trustees meeting was held Thursday morning, with the only item on the agenda being the “matter regarding chancellor” for Southern Illinois University Carbondale. No decision was made during the meeting but the board is scheduled to meet again July 13 in Springfield.

During the closed meeting, which was held at the Stone Center on Carbondale’s campus, the board took no action to consider the chancellor decision.

The agenda stated the meeting was to discuss the “appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal of certain employees.”


All four of the chancellor candidates have been interviewed at this time. The finalists consist of Carlo Montemagno, a professor in engineering, chemical and materials engineering at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada; Rodney Hanley, provost, vice president of academic affairs and a professor in biology at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee; George Hynd president of Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan; and  interim Chancellor Brad Colwell.

This week, Hanley  and Montemago held forums while the other finalists, Colwell and Hynd, held forums during the spring semester.

The chancellor search was originally expected to end May 10, but was postponed after Chair Randall Thomas said the board had “a lot more work to do.”

Colwell began his term as interim chancellor on Oct. 1, 2015 following the Nov. 9, 2014 death of interim Chancellor Paul Sarvela.

The university has not had a permanent chancellor since July 2014 when Rita Cheng left to become president of Northern Arizona University.

Editor-in-Chief Cory Ray can be reached at or on Twitter @coryray_de.

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