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March 8, 2002 Volume 17, Number 21


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Dr. Alvin Goldfarb Named Western Illinois University President

Dr. Alvin Goldfarb, provost and academic vice president at Illinois State University, will serve as the 10th president of Western Illinois University, effective July 1.

"The Board chose Dr. Goldfarb from an outstanding slate of candidates as the individual with the leadership ability, record of achievement and vision to take an already strong, vibrant and healthy Western to greater excellence," said Carolyn J. Ehlert, chair of the WIU Board of Trustees.

"We are very pleased to have Dr. Goldfarb join us at Western. He is a proven leader with sensitivity to individual differences, a commitment to teaching, a collaborative management style and a clear understanding of the issues facing Illinois higher education at this critical time," Ehlert added. "He has the skills and enthusiasm to expand Western's opportunities to serve our region and state."

The Board set Goldfarb's annual salary at $210,000. He replaces Donald S. Spencer who retired in December. Former College of Education and Human Services Dean David R. Taylor will serve as president through June 30.

At Illinois State Goldfarb was responsible for the management of academic budgeting processes, program development and evaluation, long-range facilities planning for academic affairs and guidance for interdisciplinary relationships among the colleges and other academic administrative units. Goldfarb was instrumental in developing and is implementing the strategic plan for Illinois State University. He was involved in the development of the plan for the university's comprehensive fundraising campaign, which has already resulted in a $9 million gift toward a College of Business building.

"Western was attractive to me because it is an institution with strong student-faculty interaction and a place where people work closely with the students," Goldfarb said. "It is a university with an emphasis on undergraduate education and strong selected graduate programs. I was also very impressed by the collegiality I felt when I visited the campus.

"I am looking forward to learning more about the campus culture and getting a sense of both people and place as we build a strategic plan to elevate the institution to the next level of excellence," he continued. "The design and construction of a performing arts and convocation center on the Macomb campus and developing a plan for WIU's efforts in the Quad Cities will be priorities."

During his tenure as dean of fine arts and department chair of theatre at Illinois State, the institution's gallery exhibitions and theatre department received recognition in national publications. He negotiated the acting internship program with the renowned Steppenwolf Theatre Company. He was also instrumental in the construction of a permanent theatre for the Illinois Shakespeare Festival and a new center for the performing arts at Illinois State University. Goldfarb remains involved in theatre and student life, traveling each year with students, community members and faculty to New York. He served as president of the Illinois Alliance for Arts Education and as a member of the Illinois Arts Council.

Goldfarb is the co-author of two theatre textbooks and has also co-edited two other books. He has also authored numerous articles on theatre. Goldfarb earned his Ph.D. in theatre at the City University of New York (CUNY). His master's degree is from Hunter College of CUNY and his bachelor's was completed at Queens College of CUNY.

Goldfarb and his wife, Elaine, have two children. Their son, Jason, is a freshman at Millikin University in Decatur and their daughter, Deborah, is a first year law student at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

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