SIU provost resigns after one month - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

SIU provost resigns after one month

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By Christy Hendricks - bio | email

CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) - The provost and senior vice chancellor at Southern Illinois University Carbondale has resigned.

Gary L. Minish submitted his resignation to SIUC Chancellor Rita Cheng on Jan. 19.  Minish, began his duties as provost on Dec. 15.

His resignation is effective on Jan. 21 and requested to be re-assigned to a tenured faculty position within the College of Agricultural Sciences.

"While words cannot express how deeply disappointed I am that Dr. Minish's service as provost was so short lived, I respect his decision," Chancellor Cheng said in a statement to the media. "In just the past few days, I learned that Dr. Minish is concerned about the direction in which the University is moving. It is clear that he has misgivings about the changes that have been implemented over the past several months and the initiatives that are planned for the future."

"Dr. Minish's administrative experience made him well qualified to serve as provost; however, he has only recently expressed strong disagreement in the Chancellor's implementation of the university's goals and objectives, which are established by the Board of Trustees, the President and the Chancellor," said SIU President Glenn Poshard. "Given the short amount of time Gary has served as provost I would have preferred that he would have given us more time for his concerns to be addressed. The board and I strongly support the direction that Chancellor Cheng is taking the university. Fundamental change at any large institution is never easy and can only be accomplished through teamwork and a shared vision."

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