CARBONDALE — A special meeting of the Board of Trustees on Tuesday in the SIU Student Center managed both a quorum and none of the fireworks seen at Thursday’s meeting in Edwardsville.
The meeting was straightforward and included approval of a temporary general counsel, a change to the board’s meeting schedule and no executive session. All board members were present and voted unani-mously to name Roger Herrin the board chairman for the meeting.
Lucas Crater, who works out of the SIU School of Medicine in Springfield, was named the interim general counsel. SIU President Glenn Poshard suggested Crater with a $145,000 annual salary and he was approved by the board with no dissent-ing votes.
Poshard said once a permanent counsel is found, Crater will return to his job in Springfield. The attorney will split his time between Springfield and Carbondale.
Poshard said the search for a permanent general counsel would likely take about six months. Jeff McClellan was general counsel; he retired at the end of February.
The revision to the board of trustees schedule added a meeting April 3 at the Carbondale campus. The board might take action on matters including suggested increases on tuition and fees.
At a news conference after Thursday’s canceled meeting, Poshard and Herrin publicly traded accusations. The battle seemed to be sparked by the Illinois Senate’s refusal to confirm any of Gov. Pat Quinn’s three new nominees for the SIU board.