Board of Trustees

Western Illinois University
President Al Goldfarb
2008 Performance Review

As directed by the Board of Trustees, the Presidential Evaluation Subcommittee conducted its Performance Review of President Goldfarb.

The Subcommittee met with President Goldfarb; Provost & Academic Vice President Jack Thomas; Vice President For Student Services Garry Johnson; Vice President For Administrative Services Jackie Thompson; Vice President For Advancement & Public Services Dan Hendricks; and the Executive Assistant To The President Joe Rives.

The Subcommittee received feedback from university constituency groups consisting of the WIUQC Faculty Council and the Student Government Association.

The Subcommittee also received and reviewed President Goldfarb’s Self-Evaluation and the President Evaluation 2007/08 received from the Faculty Senate.

President Goldfarb is again to be enthusiastically commended for an outstanding year of leadership in both the university and community.

President Goldfarb has been successful in managing continued budget issues so as to minimize the impact on the academic mission; continued to implement the strategic plan and report on strategic accomplishments; continued to seek release of PAC construction funds; continued to seek WIU-QC construction funds; continued diversity initiatives with a focus on retention; worked on campaign consultants recommendations; continued to make administration accessible to all constituents; and began the building of the Multicultural Center, renovation of Memorial Hall, expansion of the Recreation Center, renovation of the student section of Hanson Filed, and the addition of sprinklers to the residence halls.

Through his leadership funds have been added to scholarships and financial aid; additional enhancements have been made to technology including creating a program to regularly replace faculty and classroom technology and classroom furniture; the Strategic Plan has been revised which will be presented to the Board in June; and he has continued to focus on new academic programs such as a four year Nursing degree and a new Engineering program, both of which will be presented to the Board in June.

Besides his duties as President, he served as acting Provost for the Summer and Fall of 2007. He attended numerous Alumni events throughout the state and nation. He has made numerous trips to Springfield to lobby for a capital bill and operating budget on behalf of WIU.

Feedback from university constituency groups reflects positive, strong feelings toward Dr. Goldfarb’s leadership and representation of the university. He is positive and supportive. He is described as visible, approachable, involved, and hands-on.

The Board of Trustees again wishes to express to Dr. Goldfarb its sincere appreciation and gratitude for his remarkable job as the President of Western Illinois University. We look forward with pleasure to his continued leadership and the continuing successes of Western Illinois University.

Submitted on behalf of the Western Illinois University Board of Trustees by:

Carolyn Ehlert, Chair, Presidential Evaluation Subcommittee
Steve Nelson, Member, Presidential Evaluation Subcommittee

Accepted by:
Al Goldfarb, President, Western Illinois University
June 4, 2008