CARBONDALE -- SIU's search for a permanent chancellor hasn't taken shape yet, and it may not for some time.
With Paul Sarvela in place as acting chancellor, President Randy Dunn and the Board of Trustees are in no hurry to speed up the process of finding a permanent chancellor.
Dunn and the board have given Sarvela a full agenda during his interim period.
The 28-year veteran of the university will be afforded plenty of time to analyze recent policy changes and decide which policies should be embraced and which should be left behind as SIU potentially moves forward into a new era.
"We have a number of things we want to take on during this time period, so we haven't set a time frame yet," Dunn said. "The board will monitor the progress, we'll look at what's being accomplished and, at some point, they'll determine to go ahead and move forward with the search."
A time frame may not be set, but Dunn said he'd be surprised if Sarvela's appointment lasts less than a year.
Sarvela's skills and knowledge of the university convinced the board he is uniquely qualified to help the school maneuver through this critical transition period.
"It's an important time for the campus," said Donna Manering, board vice chair. "We have issues that are going to take a lot of his time and effort, but he has the background to address these issues."
When the search is conducted, Dunn said it will be a national search. Sarvela will have the option of applying for the permanent position.
"We want him to stand with other candidates as we look to the permanent placement," Dunn said.
Sarvela said he will take a wait-and-see approach before applying for the permanent position.
He will remain acting chancellor until the July 24 board meeting when he is expected to be approved as interim chancellor.
Dunn said whether or not a search firm will be used will be determined closer to the beginning of the search process.