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SIU names interim chancellor

William Bradley Colwell (Source: SIU) William Bradley Colwell (Source: SIU)

Southern Illinois University officials have announced their selection of William Bradley Colwell for the interim chancellor's position on SIU's Carbondale campus.

He will serve for up to two years.

The SIU board of trustees spent Thursday morning discussing the matter and competed a final vote just after 11 a.m.

His appointment was recommended by SIU President Randy Dunn.

“Dr. Colwell is highly respected at SIU, in the Illinois education community, and nationally in his field,” Dunn said. “He is deeply committed to the university and his native Southern Illinois.

Colwell is currently the Dean of the College of Education at Bowling Greene State University, and was formerly an Associate Dean at SIU.

Colwell holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Anderson University in Indiana and a master’s degree in educational administration, a juris doctor (law) degree and a doctoral degree in educational administration, all from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

This year is a critical one for the institution with enrollment down by more than 600 students, and state funding in limbo.

Minutes after the vote was finalized, Colwell explained his intended focuses over the phone.

“We have to look at things differently." Colwell said, "It’s kind of a new day in one sense, because higher education has changed, and we have to adapt to that and make wise decisions.”

Colwell said his primary focus will be on imporving university retention, and recruitment, as well as "re-aligning academic programs". 

This news comes as the university continues a national search for the permanent position, which was vacated when Chancellor Paul Sarvela died in November of 2014.

Until Now, Dunn has filled the position himself.

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