SIUC Chancellor Search

The search for SIU Carbondale's new chancellor is down to four finalists. Each will visit the campus through early May, and then President Randy Dunn is expected to make his choice and recommendation to the Board of Trustees.

Southern Illinois University's president is serving as the Carbondale campus chancellor again.

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Still no official announcement on a new SIUC Chancellor, but leaders at the university say they are moving closer to a final decision.

Public forums with the two new chancellor candidates at SIU-Carbondale have been scheduled for next month.

In a unanimous decision, Trustees have approved a plan to allow SIU Carbondale to borrow up to $35 million from SIU Edwardsville.

Carbondale Chancellor Finalist Dr. Carl Pinkert
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The fourth and final candidate for SIU Carbondale Chancellor visited campus Thursday.

Dr. Carl Pinkert is currently the vice president for research at University of Alabama.

The third finalist for SIU Carbondale Chancellor had his turn in the spotlight today.

Dr. Brad Colwell , the current interim Chancellor, took questions from the hiring committee.

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The first of four finalists for SIU Carbondale Chancellor visited the campus Tuesday. 

Dr. J.S. “Jeff” Elwell answered questions from the hiring committee, as well as campus leaders and others. 

After a national search that identified 31 potential candidates, Southern Illinois University Carbondale has named four finalists for the chancellor's position.

SIU's President says candidates for Carbondale campus Chancellor could be on campus soon.

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The top candidate for SIU Carbondale's Chancellor position has withdrawn from consideration, and leaders say that will stall the search for a new campus leader.

The choice for the next chancellor at Southern Illinois University Carbondale is down to two candidates.

Two of the finalists for SIU Carbondale Chancellor will meet with the school’s Board of Trustees next week.

SIU Trustees have approved a maintenance budget, as the system waits for Springfield to craft a new state fiscal plan for next year.

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The fourth and final candidate for SIU Carbondale Chancellor says enrollment challenges will continue on a national level, and each school must craft its own plan on how to counter a shrinking number of high school graduates.

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Ohio University Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit says she looks at challenges realistically, but tries to find ways to make them opportunities.

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The latest candidate for Chancellor to visit the SIU Carbondale campus says he sees a lot of potential.


The search for SIU Carbondale's next chancellor is entering its final stage.  Tuesday the first of four finalists visited campus.  Acting provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs Susan Ford took part in a community forum.  Ford has served the university for more than 30-years. Ford says the state's current budget issue is systematic of a larger problem.  She says the value of higher education is lost on the average person and that has led to its defunding - especially for public universities. Ford says it will take the whole campus working together to prepare for the future.