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Working Together: Acting President Martin Abraham

July 19, 2019

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Dear University and Community Members,

I am excited to serve as your acting president. Over the past few weeks, I have had the privilege to meet many of you. There is great positive energy across our University and in our communities with so many people prepared to support our institution.

I am ready to support our students, faculty and staff, alumni and the residents of those communities we serve as we work together to chart our new path forward. The people I've met are optimistic and committed to ensuring a strong future for WIU. This is an exciting time to begin the next chapter in Western Illinois University's history.

In the coming weeks, I will continue to meet with University and community members, as well as city and state leaders. Recruitment, enrollment and retention, diversity and inclusion, and building stronger community relationships are key initiatives, along with ensuring access to the excellent academic programs offered at WIU. Regardless of whatever role the Board ultimately determines I should have at WIU, we will work tirelessly to serve our students and the people of western Illinois, the state and beyond.

Together, we will also reaffirm our University's commitment to social justice, equity and diversity. My expectations are that each one of us play a vital role in ensuring a climate that is respectful, civil and supportive for all students, faculty, staff and guests.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to me at I look forward to working with all of you as we turn the page together to build this great institution.

Best wishes,

Martin Abraham
Acting President

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