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SPRINGFIELD — Southern Illinois University is putting its search for a permanent chancellor to run the Carbondale campus on hold.

In an announcement Thursday, university trustees and SIU President Randy Dunn said they will instead pick an interim chancellor to serve for two years before they wade into the search process again.

Similarly, they plan to name in the next month an interim chancellor for the Edwardsville campus to serve for one year.

Decisions about the top management of the university come after a six-month search for a new chancellor at Carbondale was suspended in May after the top contender withdrew his candidacy.

Dunn has been serving in a dual role as president and chancellor since the last interim chancellor, Paul Sarvela, died. Sarvela had been serving as interim in the wake of former chancellor Rita Cheng's departure last year.

The Edwardsville post opens Aug. 17 when chancellor Julie Furst-Bowe leaves for a job in Wisconsin.

SIU Board of Trustees Chairman Randal Thomas said hiring administrators on an interim basis for a set period of time will provide some stability to an unsettled leadership situation.

"If we get an interim secured for two years, that will give us some continuity of replacing the dean of the medical school, naming an interim for Edwardsville for when Julie goes back to Wisconsin and finding an interim at Carbondale as well," Thomas said.

Dunn said the two-year time span for an interim would provide the new administrator with an opportunity to focus on boosting enrollment, improving marketing, building international enrollment and reviewing programs.

"The two-year interim at Carbondale will allow time for a person to come in and take on some challenges there," Dunn told reporters after Thursday's board meeting at the SIU medical school in Springfield.

Thomas said the university is not looking for candidates from the pool of applicants collected during the search that ended in May. Rather, he and Dunn said internal candidates are the most likely to be considered.

Dunn said he wants an interim chancellor in place at Edwardsville by the time Furst-Bowe departs in mid-August.

He also hopes to have a recommendation on a Carbondale campus chancellor by the time classes begin Aug. 24.

A two-year temporary appointment is not without precedent. Most recently, Sam Goldman served as interim chancellor from April 2008 to December 2008. He then served as chancellor from December 2008 to June 1, 2010.

Also at today’s meeting, trustees approved:

• The appointment of Gregory Budzban as dean of SIUE’s College of Arts and Sciences, effective Aug. 1. Budzban has been a member of the math faculty at SIU Carbondale for the past 14 years; he chaired the department for the past five years.

• The appointment of law Professor Alice Noble-Allgire as acting director of SIU Carbondale’s School of Accountancy. Faculty in the school voted unanimously to nominate her for the position. Noble-Allgire earned her law degree summa cum laude from SIU in 1990, and joined the School of Law faculty in 1993.

• The appointment of Lyle White as interim dean of SIU Carbondale’s College of Education and Human Services. White, most recently a professor in the Department of Education Psychology and Special Education and Counselor Education Coordinator for the program, joined the faculty in 1989.

• The appointment of Lori Stettler, assistant vice chancellor for auxiliary services, as interim vice chancellor for Student Affairs at SIU Carbondale. She will also continue overseeing auxiliary services.

• The appointment of Susan Ford as interim provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at SIU Carbondale. Ford was named acting provost and vice chancellor in September 2014.

— University Communications contributed to this report. / 217-782-4043

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