EDWARDSVILLE - SIU's president and former board of trustees chairman held little back in a public argument Thursday after a failed meeting on the Edwardsville campus.

A news conference following the meeting turned into a verbal brawl between SIU President Glenn Poshard and trustee Roger Herrin, who was last year ousted as chairman of the board.

After addressing the Illinois Senate's rejection of three new appointments Gov. Pat Quinn made earlier this week, the talk became heated with Poshard and Herrin making various accusations about one another.

Poshard again said Gov. Pat Quinn tried to become involved in the board process of electing a chairman, claiming that Melvin Terrell, one of the three appointees rejected by the Senate, told Poshard that was contacted by Herrin, who said he was going to become chairman again. Herrin immediately said this wasn't true.

Poshard said that there were witnesses.

Herrin said he hasn't spoken to the governor in months and did not know the trustees. He claimed the coercement "came from elsewhere."

"We clearly have a division here and he (Poshard) wants anyone to be chairman but me," Herrin said.

The argument eventually turned into arguments over board members not showing interest in the Carbondale or Edwardsville campus, with Poshard saying Herrin and two other members did not even take the time to take part in the interviews for the Edwardsville chancellor position.

Herrin claimed that trustees from the Metro East didn't go to a Saluki basketball game after a board meeting in Carbondale.

The argument got particularly heated after Herrin said Poshard was once a good friend of his. Poshard said that when people ask him to rig elections, for the general counsel, it doesn't matter if that person is "a friend or anything else."

Herrin then responded that Poshard had crossed a line and said if Poshard thought he did something illegal then he should "put on his big boy pants and go after it."

Poshard also accused Golconda trustee Don Lowery of trying to manipulate a search for the university's general counsel last year, but Lowery just questioned why Poshard was going after him.

"I simply tried to mediate a problem I saw going on and it escalated," Lowery said.

SIU General Counsel Jeff McLellan pulled Poshard and Herrin aside multiple times individually and once at the same time to advise them privately before the news conference ended.

The board failed to establish a quorum for its meeting Thursday because of the rejected appointments and the absence of trustee Marquita Wiley. The group was scheduled to hear presentations on increased tuition and fees for the upcoming fall semester.

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brandon_71087
brandon_71087

To Alum75_84: What planet are you living on??? Glenn Poshard has had more than a fair shake, for more than 6 long years, and it is time for someone competent to take over. Poshard is as guilty of manipulation as anybody, and the actions of the state Senate (which he conveniently was a member of once) are concrete proof of that. Poshard had a rubber stamp board long before Lowery or Herrin ever arrived on the scene, and he has epically failed to pull the University out of its slump. In fact, he has even worsened the decline with many of his actions. If his choices for chancellor are any indication of his competency, he almost certainly HAS to go.

It is time to stop letting personal feelings for Glenn Poshard blind everyone to the fact that he is just not a competent administrator. He may be a nice, likeable guy and an impressive schmoozing politician, but he just is no good as an administrator. It is past time to give someone else a chance to right the ship.

Alum75_84
Alum75_84

It's Herrin and Lowrey who are pulling the tricks of trying to bully people into voting a certain way and trying to influence hiring not GP.

brandon_71087
brandon_71087

What planet are you living on??? Glenn Poshard has had more than a fair shake, for more than 6 long years now. He had failed to pull the university out of its enrollment slump (it has even accelerated under him) and to bring the university community together. He is out of ideas, and he is as guilty of manipulation as anybody. Need proof? Case in point: the actions of the Illinois Senate, which he was conveniently a member of once. If anybody is guilty of manipulation here, it is most certainly Poshard. He has had his turn for far longer than any other organization would have allowed, and it is long past time to give someone else a chance to right the ship.

brandon_71087
brandon_71087

What planet are you living on??? Glenn Poshard has had more than a fair shake, for more than 6 long years now. He had failed to pull the university out of its enrollment slump (it has even accelerated under him) and to bring the university community together. He is out of ideas, and he is as guilty of manipulation as anybody. Need proof? Case in point: the actions of the Illinois Senate, which he was conveniently a member of once. If anybody is guilty of manipulation here, it is most certainly Poshard. He has had his turn for far longer than any other organization would have allowed, and it is long past time to give someone else a chance to right the ship. It is past time to stop letting personal feelings for Glenn Poshard blind everyone to the fact that he is just no good as an administrator.

wow
wow

These people are all in bed together. Dont forget Blago gave our tax money to John Simmons for the Miners baseball team. He then put the team in his wifes name. It is beyond sickening.

FormerFaculty
FormerFaculty

It can be argued Chairman Simmons (and most likely Dr. Poshard) saw the possible failure of the three trustees being re-appointed a long time ago. Interesting to note that Mr. Simmons, his law firm, partners and employees of his law firm made contributions totaling $22,000 in June & July of 2012* to the Alton Senator (Sen. William Haine 56th-D) at the center of this dilemma who vocally contested the three new appointments to the board. Previous years contributions to Sen. Haine from Chairman Simmons, his firm, partners or employees never approached this amount. New appointments announced by the Governor on a Monday afternoon... a vote to reject those appointments in the Senate on Wednesday morning. When have you ever heard of anything happening in 36 hrs. in the Illinois Senate? Fair to say this was anticipated with a plan to immediately reject any new appointments? You draw your own conclusions. What's happening to SIU is very sad. * Source: Illinois Board of Elections - 'Friends of Bill Haine' Disclosure Reports

HMmmmsez
HMmmmsez

Not to worry. After Lisa M replaces Quin. She will straighten things out.

just2phipps
just2phipps

Poshard has had his turn far too long and has out-lived his usefulness as King of SIU. He has done all that he can for the university and it is time to step down like a good little boy. The old governor is in jail and is no longer around to protect him so move on as your pensions will support you and your wife. Prestige will not last forever so get out of the post and let's get someone in there who can get SIU moving and students back in the rolls. Between you and Ms. Cheng the professors, staff and students have all suffered far too long.

JItterBug
JItterBug

A little more youth would be nice to see at the SIUC helm.

A lot of white hair and wrinkles in those photos.

brandon_71087
brandon_71087

Poshard bought his way into the President's chair when he paid contributions to Blagojevich to get a majority appointed to the board that would be in his back pocket. Now that Blagojevich is gone, the Blagojevich appointees (Poshard's lap dogs) terms are up, and Poshard is throwing a tantrum to his old buddies up in the Illinois Senate because he knows Quinn is actually going to hold him accountable, his time is coming to a close, and he is going to go kicking and screaming.

But let's be honest with ourselves, folks. Glenn Poshard I am sure is a decent man at heart, and his contributions to SIU are to be commended. He has proven he is an adept politician, getting his old friends up in the Senate to throw a monkey wrench in the gears to ousting the do-nothing trustees that have been sitting idly by and allowing the University to go into deep decline. Clearly Poshard has impressive sucking-up and schmoozing skills with his friends up in the legislature. However, that talent has clearly not translated into a winning record as an administrator/executive. For 6 long years now, Poshard has had many opportunities to pull the University out of its decline and bring it together, and he has failed in both of those aims. I don't think even his most stalwart of supporters could deny that. Don't believe me? Just look at the record and take a stroll down the Strip in Carbondale, where many staple business have closed due to a lack of student activity, which is due to a lack of students wanting to attend the University as it has become a laughingstock in decline.

As someone above sagely acknowledged, Poshard's empire is crumbling, and he knows it. He is upset that Roger Herrin, regardless of what his management style is, was holding him accountable and asking the tough questions that have needed asking for ever so long, which is what a trustee is supposed to do. Trustees are not supposed to just be lap dogs for the current administration and just sit idly by, rubber-stamping whatever President Poshard wants. That is how it has been for the last several years, and it is time for a change. I commend Governor Quinn for stepping up to the plate and ousting the three biggest lap dogs of Poshard. And in spite of what shenanigans the Senate engages in with the new appointees, the Senators cannot restore Simmons or the others to their old seats, nor can they force Quinn to re-appoint them. Many of these are the same Senators that put these Bozos on the board to start with back during the Blagojevich era, and they have a conflict of interest in protecting their old pal, Glenn Poshard. Ultimately, the Senate is going to have to just accept that Quinn is not going to re-appoint the old Trustees (as well they should not be) and move forward with accepting new ones, regardless of whoever they may be. Any board of directors and president with the kind of record that this board and president have in the business world would have been booted LONG AGO. Poshard, Cheng, Nicklow, and the entire Board of Trustees need wiped out. The whole slate needs to be wiped clean and start over fresh. These clowns can't do their jobs right, and their only solution is to keep sticking it to the students that have actually been loyal to the University by upping tuition and fees every time the wind blows, and all because they are incompetent at their jobs. It's time for all of them to go, and Governor Quinn had admirably started the ball rolling to that end. I don't care what politics are involved on whose behalf, it is simply time for new leadership at the University, before it goes the way of the Titanic, a once-great ship sank due to the incompetency of those steering it.

DeeJay
DeeJay

It makes me sad to say that I think your well-worded post presents a clear and accurate picture of the situation at SIU. I like Glen, and he has always been kind to me. But his time is up.

Saluki Sam
Saluki Sam

How about all of them go? None of them are doing anybody any good and it is past time for this garbage to end. Utterly embarrassing.

cchs98
cchs98

You're exactly right. Might as well have taken the millions spent on the already pointless marketing campaign and lit it on fire. This petty d1ck measuring and flexing of political power at the expense of students, alumni and current employees is ridiculous.What a joke

WXMAN
WXMAN

Poshard's Empire is starting to crumble.

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