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Pulliam Hall on the Southern Illinois University Carbondale campus is reflected in a puddle following a passing shower in 2017.

CARBONDALE — Don’t expect a new chancellor to be appointed at Friday’s SIU board of trustees special meeting.

In fact, doing so would probably be illegal.

Any hire for an executive position like chancellor or university president at a state university must be publicly announced 48 hours ahead of time, with the hire’s name and compensation listed, according to John Charles, who leads SIU’s Office of Governmental and Public Affairs.

With no such announcement coming from the board of trustees, which governs the SIU system, it appears the board will stick to the published agenda for Friday’s meeting — set for 10 a.m. in the Stone Center on Carbondale's campus — and will focus on laying out procedures to make the chancellor selection.

The names that the board of trustees and SIU System President J. Kevin Dorsey will consider could come from many places, Charles explained, as there’s no formal procedure in place for candidates to submit an application.

Applicants may send CVs and recommendations to the offices of the board, the president, or individual trustees, several of whom confirmed to The Southern they had been contacted by interested candidates.

Further along, the board will discuss candidates and make the appointment based on Dorsey’s recommendation, per board policy. Dorsey will handle the terms and conditions of the interim chancellor’s contract, including salary, which was set at $340,000 for late Chancellor Carlo Montemagno.

Besides planning the pick for the Carbondale campus' next leader, the board will make two important moves tomorrow:

It will name SIU Interim System President J. Kevin Dorsey as acting chancellor of SIU Carbondale, making official the leadership role he’s been playing at the Carbondale campus since the death of Chancellor Montemagno.

Then, the board will turn its attention to selecting a search firm to comb through higher education administrators across the country in search of SIU’s next president.

The last time SIU searched for a president was in 2013 and 2014, when the university appointed Randy Dunn. Dunn agreed to a separation agreement in July, in the wake of revelations of controversial actions in support of splitting SIU’s Carbondale and Edwardsville campuses into separate universities.

During the 2013-14 search, a 24-member SIU Presidential Search Advisory Committee (PSAC) with representatives from SIUC and SIUE considered about 100 candidates with the help of R. William Funk and Associates, a Dallas-based talent search agency for higher education, according to the Edwardsville Intelligencer.

Dunn was ultimately appointed with a salary of $430,000 per year.

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