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Goldfarb Retirement Reception

March 8, 2011

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MACOMB, IL -- A retirement reception for Western Illinois University President Al Goldfarb will be held from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, April 27 in the University Union Grand Ballroom on the WIU-Macomb campus. Goldfarb will retire June 30, after nine years of service.

The reception is open to the public. A brief program will begin at approximately 5:15 p.m.

"Dr. Goldfarb has provided outstanding service and brought pride to the Board of Trustees, Western Illinois University and the State of Illinois as a result of his visionary leadership and by his contributions to higher education," said Board of Trustees Chair Mike Houston. "We express our heartfelt appreciation, gratitude and congratulations to Dr. Goldfarb for the invaluable service he has provided during his nine-year tenure as Western's 10th president."

Goldfarb was named president in March 2002 by the WIU Board of Trustees, and began his duties July 1, 2002. During his tenure as president, he oversaw the creation of Western's Strategic Plan: Higher Values in Higher Education, the WIU-Macomb Master Plan: Campus is the Classroom, the WIU-QC Master Plan: Vision 2020 and the Technology Strategic Plan. He also oversaw the successful beginning of the University's comprehensive campaign, Set the Standard: Higher Values in Higher Education. Goldfarb was president during the approval of Western's first doctoral program in education, and new programs in liberal arts and sciences, nursing, engineering, museum studies, forensic chemistry and emergency management.

"My nine years at Western have been the most rewarding of my professional career. I am very appreciative of all the support Elaine and I have received from the Western Illinois and Macomb communities," Goldfarb said.

Under his leadership, the first building of the Quad Cities Riverfront Campus, and facilities such as the Multicultural Center, Grote Hall and the Document and Publications Services building were built, the Performing Arts Center planning is underway; and numerous renovations took place, including Memorial Hall, the student side of Hanson Field, the Donald S. Spencer Recreation Center expansion, the Wright House, the University Union Bookstore and the University Union entrance.

During his nine years as president, the University has received numerous accolades for its achievements, including rankings and recognitions by The Princeton Review, U.S. News and World Report, GI Jobs, Carnegie Classification, the Presidential Honor Roll for Community Service, the Southern Regional Education Board and the Educational Trust. Goldfarb supported the creation of the First Year Experience program and the expansion of the cost guarantee program. During his tenure, Western received reaffirmation of accreditation from The North Central Association for Western Illinois University until 2021.

He has served in leadership roles in many organizations, including chair of the Summit League Presidents Council, as a convener of the Illinois Public University Presidents and Chancellors Council, as chair of Illinois Campus Compact, and as a member of the executive board of The Renaissance Group, and he currently serves as a member of the State of Illinois Serve Illinois Commission.

Goldfarb has been involved in community-related activities and programs in both Macomb and the Quad Cities, including the formation of Macomb's Community University Partnership Program (CUPP).

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