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SIU president makes 'State of the System' address

CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) -

SIU System President Randy Dunn addressed faculty, administrators and students during the “State of the System” on the Carbondale campus Thursday.

The presentation began at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24, in the SIU Carbondale Student Center ballroom.

Southern Illinois University President Randy Dunn already gave one address at the Edwardsville campus on Tuesday.

Dunn addressed the university's current position and ways to move forward without knowing when a state budget will be finalized.

He said there won't be new initiatives or goals for the system this year, saying "that's not where we are right now."

"We are a state university," Dunn said. "Part of our financial model is a considerable amount from the state of Illinois. That doesn't change on a dime. It is how we are able to do what we do. We understand that the ground is shifting in some considerable ways." 

He mentioned the processes and the operating models that the university follows have to adjust and change with the times.

"We're going to continue to see the vice of less state investment but also keeping the lid on tuition," he said. "Taking away some degrees of freedom that we have to address these problems and that's going to push us into in things like greater efficiencies, cost reductions, looking at alternative revenue streams to give us that flexibility we have because we know there's not going to be a lot of movement on two legs of that revenue stool."

Dunn did point out student enrollment is growing and diversifying, and in hopes to increase enrollment, wants to make sure it's "everyone's business", not just targeting one department on how to increase numbers.

He says as the school year moves on without a state budget, rather than looking at cutting major programs, the university will have to look into the operations side of the campus to conserve cash.

Dunn plans to speak at the School of Medicine in Springfield later this week.

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