Campus Connection.
January 25, 2002 Volume 17, Number 18


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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.

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