SIUC Chancellor Dr. Carlo Montemagno passes away

SIUC Chancellor Dr. Carlo Montemagno passes away

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.

A Carlo D. Montemagno Scholarship Fund has been established under the SIU Foundation. Gifts are being accepted and can be sent to the Foundation or online.

Interim SIU System President Dr. Kevin Dorsey is acting as Interim Chancellor following the death of Dr. Montemagno according to school officials.

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.

“Carlo was a good man with a bold, innovative vision for Southern Illinois University Carbondale and the region. I considered him to be a good friend. We will miss him.” 
Mayor John “Mike” Henry, Carbondale, IL

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:

My family and I are deeply saddened by  the sudden passing of Chancellor Montemagno. Our hearts go out to  Carlos’ wife Pam and their wonderful family. 
SIU Trustee Joel Sambursky

The Carbondale Chamber of Commerce worked closely with Chancellor Montemagno. He served as a member of the Board since August 2017, representing SIU.

“My heart breaks for SIU today. During the time the Chancellor served our Board, we were granted a unique ‘peek behind the curtain,’ which enabled us to better understand the proposed changes on campus.”
President and CEO Jennifer Olson

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