CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) - Southern Illinois University Interim President Kevin Dorsey announced on Twitter that SIUC Chancellor Dr. Carlo Montemagno passed away early Thursday, Oct. 11.
On June 27, 2018 on his blog, Chancellor Montemagno revealed he was battling cancer, but did not go into detail about his illness. He would only say, “we are treating it aggressively and I am confident that I will be around for a long time.”
Dr. Montemagno became chancellor at the Carbondale campus in August of 2017.
Former President Randy Dunn recommended Dr. Montemagno for the position. The Board of Trustees approved the appointment on Thursday, July 13, 2017.
Before Dr. Montemagno took up the chancellor role at SIUC, he served as a professor of engineering at the University of Alberta in Canada.
He also founded the interdisciplinary Ingenuity Lab at the University of Alberta. Dr. Montemagno has also served as a dean at the University of Cincinnati and a department chair at the University of California, Los Angeles.
The university will hold a vigil for Dr. Montemagno on Friday, Oct. 12 at 5 p.m. at the Student Services Building Pavilion on campus.
On hearing the news of Dr. Montemagno’s passing, the City of Carbondale expressed its condolences to the SIUC community and to the Chancellor’s family.
Interim President Dorsey says SIU will share more on honoring the life of Dr. Montemagno.
Meanwhile, he has asked the Board of Trustees to have a special meeting as soon as possible to appoint an interim chancellor.
SIU Trustee Joel Sambursky released a statement on the Chancellor’s passing:
The Carbondale Chamber of Commerce worked closely with Chancellor Montemagno. He served as a member of the Board since August 2017, representing SIU.