Presidential Search

Presidential Search Finalists

Six finalists will be considered for the position of Western Illinois University's 12th president. Open sessions for each candidate will be held via Zoom with various University and community constituents. Faculty, staff, students and community members who wish to participate in an open session must register here.

Martin Abraham

Interim President, Western Illinois University

Curriculum Vitae

Monday, October 19 Interview Itinerary

  • 8:00 - 8:50 a.m. - Meet with Senior Leaders/VPs/Assoc. VPs
  • 9:00 - 9:50 a.m. - Meet with Deans' Council
  • 9:50 – 10:30 - Break
  • 10:30 - 11:20 a.m. - Meet with Dept. Chairs, Academic Directors
  • 11:30 – 12:20 p.m. - Quad Cities Open Forum
  • 12:20 – 1:20 - Break and Lunch
  • 1:30 - 2:20 p.m. - Civil Service/COAP Open Forum
  • 2:30 – 3:20 p.m. - Faculty Open Forum
  • 3:30 - 4:20 p.m. - Meet with Search Committee
  • 4:30 - 5:25 p.m. - SGA, Students and Community Open Campus Session

Bahman Ghorashi

Former Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Tennessee Tech University

Curriculum Vitae

Tuesday, October 20 Interview Itinerary

  • 8:00 - 8:50 a.m. - Meet with Senior Leaders/VPs/Assoc. VPs
  • 9:00 - 9:50 a.m. - Meet with Deans' Council
  • 9:50 – 10:30 - Break
  • 10:30 - 11:20 a.m. - Meet with Dept. Chairs, Academic Directors
  • 11:30 – 12:20 p.m. - Quad Cities Open Forum
  • 12:20 – 1:20 - Break and Lunch
  • 1:30 - 2:20 p.m. - Civil Service/COAP Open Forum
  • 2:30 – 3:20 p.m. - Faculty Open Forum
  • 3:30 - 4:20 p.m. - Meet with Search Committee
  • 4:30 - 5:25 p.m. - SGA, Students and Community Open Campus Session

Cady Short-Thompson

Provost, Hope College (Holland, MI)

Curriculum Vitae

Wednesday, October 21 Interview Itinerary

  • 8:00 - 8:50 a.m. - Meet with Senior Leaders/VPs/Assoc. VPs
  • 9:00 - 9:50 a.m. - Meet with Deans' Council
  • 9:50 – 10:30 - Break
  • 10:30 - 11:20 a.m. - Meet with Dept. Chairs, Academic Directors
  • 11:30 – 12:20 p.m. - Quad Cities Open Forum
  • 12:20 – 1:20 - Break and Lunch
  • 1:30 - 2:20 p.m. - Civil Service/COAP Open Forum
  • 2:30 – 3:20 p.m. - Faculty Open Forum
  • 3:30 - 4:20 p.m. - Meet with Search Committee
  • 4:30 - 5:25 p.m. - SGA, Students and Community Open Campus Session

Steve Michael

Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (Los Angeles, CA)

Curriculum Vitae

Friday, October 23 Interview Itinerary

  • 8:00 - 8:50 a.m. - Meet with Senior Leaders/VPs/Assoc. VPs
  • 9:00 - 9:50 a.m. - Meet with Deans' Council
  • 9:50 – 10:30 - Break
  • 10:30 - 11:20 a.m. - Meet with Dept. Chairs, Academic Directors
  • 11:30 – 12:20 p.m. - Quad Cities Open Forum
  • 12:20 – 1:20 - Break and Lunch
  • 1:30 - 2:20 p.m. - Civil Service/COAP Open Forum
  • 2:30 – 3:20 p.m. - Faculty Open Forum
  • 3:30 - 4:20 p.m. - Meet with Search Committee
  • 4:30 - 5:25 p.m. - SGA, Students and Community Open Campus Session

Michael Shonrock

Dean of Faculty, Center for Leadership Development, U.S. Office of Personnel Management (Washington, D.C.)

Curriculum Vitae

Monday, October 26 Interview Itinerary

  • 8:00 - 8:50 a.m. - Meet with Senior Leaders/VPs/Assoc. VPs
  • 9:00 - 9:50 a.m. - Meet with Deans' Council
  • 9:50 – 10:30 - Break
  • 10:30 - 11:20 a.m. - Meet with Dept. Chairs, Academic Directors
  • 11:30 – 12:20 p.m. - Quad Cities Open Forum
  • 12:20 – 1:20 - Break and Lunch
  • 1:30 - 2:20 p.m. - Civil Service/COAP Open Forum
  • 2:30 – 3:20 p.m. - Faculty Open Forum
  • 3:30 - 4:20 p.m. - Meet with Search Committee
  • 4:30 - 5:25 p.m. - SGA, Students and Community Open Campus Session

Guiyou Huang

President, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania

Curriculum Vitae

Wednesday, October 28 Interview Itinerary

  • 8:00 - 8:50 a.m. - Meet with Senior Leaders/VPs/Assoc. VPs
  • 9:00 - 9:50 a.m. - Meet with Deans' Council
  • 9:50 – 10:30 - Break
  • 10:30 - 11:20 a.m. - Meet with Dept. Chairs, Academic Directors
  • 11:30 – 12:20 p.m. - Quad Cities Open Forum
  • 12:20 – 1:20 - Break and Lunch
  • 1:30 - 2:20 p.m. - Civil Service/COAP Open Forum
  • 2:30 – 3:20 p.m. - Faculty Open Forum
  • 3:30 - 4:20 p.m. - Meet with Search Committee
  • 4:30 - 5:25 p.m. - SGA, Students and Community Open Campus Session