SIU Trustees were unable to meet today, a day after the Illinois Senate rejected three new appointees to the Board. But the lack of an official meeting didn’t stop one Board member from clashing with the University’s President over ongoing conflicts and problems.
It appears The SIU Board of Trustees will NOT be welcoming three new members at its meeting Thursday in Edwardsville.
Wednesday the Senate did not provide a single vote in favor of any of the three appointees. The senate voted 0-23 with 32 “present” votes. State Senator Bill Haine of Alton says he didn’t know the nominees’ qualifications and Governor Quinn failed to seek Senate advice on the appointees as the state Constitution requires.
Belleville State Representative Jay Hoffman has filed legislation to once again try to separate southern Illinois University’s campuses.
The legislation filed yesterday would abolish the current board of trustees and the university system and split the Carbondale and Edwardsville campuses into separate universities with separate boards.
The school of medicine would be associated with the Edwardsville campus.
The bill calls for the split to take place at the beginning of the fiscal year in July.