WIU Board Of
Trustees To Receive Report on Presidential Search
The WIU Board of Trustees will receive reports
on the status of the presidential search, an update on the issuance
of revenue bonds to finance residential facilities improvements
and a report on residence hall fire safety during its Friday,
Jan. 25 meeting in the Union Capitol Rooms.
The Board will begin with the finance committee
meeting starting at 8:30 a.m. The academic and student
services committee meeting is scheduled to start at 10:15 a.m.
The Board meeting will follow at approximately noon with an executive
session in accordance with the provisions of the Open Meetings
Act. The open meeting will resume following the executive session
at approximately 1:30 p.m.
On Jan. 16 the Presidential Search
Committee approved an interim report to the Board of Trustees
outlining the status of preparations to begin interviewing candidates
for president, starting the first week of February. It is anticipated
the Board will announce the names of no fewer than three and no
more than five presidential candidates to be invited to campus
for further consideration, according to Presidential Search Committee
co-chairs Tom Joswick, president of the Faculty Senate,
and Zack Stamp, vice chair of the Board of Trustees. The
candidates have been selected from an applicant pool of 61 individuals.
The Board will receive an update on the
status of issuing new revenue bonds to finance the demolition
of Bennet Hall and to start construction of a suite-style residence
complex with approximately 200 beds, which will connect to a dining
center and computer lab on the current Bennett Hall site. The
bond issue will not exceed $20 million. The plan was approved
at the November 2001 meeting of the Board and includes funding
for future renovation work at East Village apartments, the purchase
of 306 and 312 University Drive and additional residential improvements
for Bayliss and Henninger residence halls.
A report on University residence hall fire
safety procedures will be presented to the Board. Fire safety
was discussed at a 1999 trustee meeting. An update was requested
to explain fire safety procedures which were used in the Dec.
7, 2001 fire in Thompson Hall.