Office of the President

Presidential Initiatives

President Jack Thomas

Dr. Jack Thomas, President

Sherman Hall 209
Telephone: (309) 298-1824

To Further Advance Higher Values in Higher Education’s Goals and Priorities

Academic Year 2015-2016

Academic Programs
  • Enhance the Quality of Western Illinois University Academic Programs and Services
    • Strategic review of academic programs
  • Honors Program
    • Continue to increase participation in the program to 800 students
    • Increase participation in Undergraduate Research Day and Quad Cities Student Research Conference
    • Nominate students for Rhodes, Udall and other prestigious scholarship programs
  • Graduate Studies
    • Ph. D. in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration – for future consideration
    • Ph. D. in Instructional Technology – for future consideration
    • Study the feasibility of graduate programs
Enrollment Management
  • Increase funding for scholarships for retention and high achieving students – ongoing
  • Increase the number of international agreements – ongoing
  • Increase international student enrollment – ongoing
  • Continue strategic enrollment planning
  • Distinguish WIU from other Universities
  • Continue to enhance marketing to tell the WIU Story, including increased advertising
  • Revise the Western Commitment Scholarship Program
  • Continue to increase the retention from freshman to sophomore
  • Continue to expand linkages programs
  • Continue to provide budget updates
  • Manage continued budget and cash flow issues to minimize impacts on students, faculty, and staff, while promoting growth – ongoing
  • Initiate exploration of new student and financial data systems
Alumni Relations and Development
  • Increase external giving
  • Restructure the development area
  • Continue hosting active alumni events
  • Continue meeting with major donors
  • Continue meeting with the President’s National Advisory Council
  • Position the University for successful development efforts
Macomb Campus Master Plan
  • Enhance Alumni House
  • Restore Sherman Hall Cupola
  • Renovate University Union – exploring options for Phase II
  • Continue to Analyze Lighting and Security Cameras for Campus
  • Enhance and update wireless and classrooms
  • Environmental Sustainability
    • Continue to Build LEED Certified Buildings
    • Study of Energy Savings Initiatives on Campus
  • Science Complex (proposed to IBHE)
  • Visual Arts Center – under consideration (proposed to IBHE)
Quad Cities Campus Master Plan
  • Complete Quad Cities Riverfront Campus
    • Phase III Design and Construction (proposed to IBHE)
    • Market and sell 60th street property
Governmental Relations
  • Host the annual legislative reception in Springfield
  • Visit legislators
  • Provide testimony on budget and other issues affecting higher education
Campus Collaboration
  • Diversify the Campuses – ongoing
  • Hold President’s Roundtable Meetings with faculty and staff– ongoing
  • Hold President’s Roundtable Meetings with students
  • Host Town Hall Meetings – ongoing
  • Continue meeting with campus governance groups
Professional Development
  • Continue to Support Faculty Travel Awards – ongoing
  • Retention of Faculty and Staff – ongoing
  • Enhance Technology for Faculty and Staff – ongoing
  • Long Term Planning Committee – ongoing
  • Strategic Enrollment – ongoing

*contingent upon the release of state funding