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EIU Presidential Search

On Oct. 6, 2021, during his annual State of the University address, Dr. David Glassman, president of Eastern Illinois University, announced it would soon be time for the university to identify his successor:

"... I want to share my plans directly with the EIU community. I am announcing my plan today to accept a new contract for one year if our Board of Trustees so desires. To be clear, the new contract would extend my presidency at EIU through June of 2023. At that time, I will retire from the presidency with a current plan to return to the faculty as professor of anthropology. This timeline will provide the Board of Trustees and our various campus constituencies maximum time to conduct a timely and thorough search for EIU’s next president."



Search Timeline Stakeholder Forums: Sept. 8-9

Presidential Search Advisory Committee

  • Joyce Madigan, Chair of Committee and Chair of Board of Trustees
  • Barb Baurer, Trustee
  • Chris Hicks, Trustee
  • Conner Mellott, Student Trustee
  • Laretta Henderson, Dean, College of Education
  • Chris Kahler, Chair Art Department
  • Lucy Ade, President Student Senate
  • Tony Craven, Brickmason Foreman and Chair of Staff Senate
  • Lakshmikara "Raju" Padmaraju, Interim Director Budget Planning and Institutional Research
  • Jody Stone, Senior Associate Director Housing & Dining
  • Todd Bruns, Professor and Chair of Faculty Senate
  • Jeff Stowell, Professor and Vice-Chair Faculty Senate
  • Nichole Mulvey, Associate Professor and Recorder of Faculty Senate
  • Carole Collins Ayanlaja, Assistant Professor
  • Tonya Sawyer, Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance
  • Jill Nilsen, EIU Foundation
  • Margaret Messer, EIU Annuitant Association
  • Mary Anne Hanner, EIU Alumni Association
  • Brandon Combs, Mayor Charleston, Illinois
  • Laura McLaughlin, General Counsel (ex officio)

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