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SIU president says school 'reshaping,' no new programs

Southern Illinois University President Randy Dunn speaks in his office May 1, 2014, in Carbondale. 

CARBONDALE — Southern Illinois University System President Randy Dunn has announced that he’ll be taking on the role of acting chancellor of SIU Carbondale — at least for the next 10 days.

The contract of interim Chancellor Brad Colwell, who has served in the role since September 2015, expired June 30. The SIU Board of Trustees is expected to approve a new chancellor at its July 13 meeting in Springfield.

In a letter emailed to the campus community Monday morning, Dunn said that he will fill the gap in the days before a new chancellor is appointed.

In addition, Dunn said associate provosts Lizette Chevalier and David DiLalla will fulfill the provost’s responsibilities on an interim basis after the June 30 retirement of interim provost and vice chancellor Susan Ford.

“As you may know, we have effectively worked under both of these temporary structures — the system president also wearing the hat of acting chancellor and the provost’s duties shared by the team of associate provosts — in the past,” Dunn wrote. “With your help, I am confident that we will stay on track thanks to Drs. Chevalier and DiLalla and many other dedicated staff.”

Dunn previously took on the role of acting chancellor after the death of then-interim Chancellor Paul Sarvela in November 2014.

Two weeks ago, two finalists in the chancellor search withdrew themselves from consideration. The remaining candidates include Colwell and Carlo Montemagno of the University of Alberta in Canada.

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Janis Esch is a reporter covering higher education.

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