CARBONDALE -- SIU President Glenn Poshard is leaving the university earlier than expected. 

Poshard's final day in the position will be May 1, at which time Randy Dunn will take over.

Dunn had been scheduled to start July 1, which would have followed Poshard's planned retirement on June 30. 

Poshard will stay on the staff as a presidential consultant through June 30.

A White County native, Poshard grew up on a family farm. He is a 1962 graduate of Carmi Township High School and served in the United States Army in Korea.

Poshard is a three-degree graduate of SIU, earning his bachelor’s degree in secondary education in 1970, master’s degree in health education in 1974 and a doctoral degree in higher education administration in 1984.

Poshard taught and coached at Galatia and Thompsonville high schools, then served as assistant director of the Southern Illinois Regional Education Service Center and director of the Area Service Center for Educators of the Gifted.

In August 1984, he was appointed to the Illinois Senate. He was successfully elected later that year and was re-elected in 1986. Poshard then sought and won the 22nd Congressional District. After serving a self-imposed term limit of 10 years, he left the U.S. House. In 1998 won the Democratic nomination for governor of of Illinois but lost to George Ryan, R-Kankakee, in the general election.

In 1999, he and his wife, his wife, Jo, founded the Poshard Foundation, which raises money to fund care for abused, neglected, and abandoned children.

In 1999, Poshard was appointed vice chancellor for administration for SIU Carbondale, a post he held until July 2003. Gov. Rod Blagojevich appointed him to the SIU Board of Trustees in January 2004. Later that year, he was elected chairman of the board of trustees, a position he held until declaring his candidacy for president of the university.

-- This article will be updated as more information becomes available.

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