NORMAL — The Illinois State University board of trustees will have a special, closed-door meeting Saturday to discuss — and possibly select — the person to succeed retiring President Al Bowman, Board Chairman Michael McCuskey said Monday.
McCuskey doesn’t know how soon after the meeting the board might announce its decision. He said he will have a better idea after the meeting “whether a decision is imminent.”
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the board is May 10.
Between now and Saturday’s meeting, the trustees will have a lot of reading to do.
Each of the four finalists went through a series of on-campus meetings, not only with the board but also with various campus leaders, constituency group representatives and the public. People were given evaluation forms on which to rate the candidate and provide feedback.
“I’ll be up every night this week perusing all the comments that have been received,” McCuskey said.
McCuskey said board members will read through those evaluations and on Saturday they will receive input from the executive search committee. He said under ISU’s culture of shared governance, the input from various sectors of the university is important to the board.
“I’m certainly pleased with the quality of the pool of applicants,” McCuskey said. “The final four are very good.”
Board member Betty Kinser and student trustee Aaron Von Qualen echoed McCuskey’s views on the caliber of the candidates.
Kinser said, “I’m so proud of Illinois Stat University” for the quality candidates it was able to attract.
Von Qualen said he thinks “any one of the finalists would do a good job.”
The candidates are: Karla Hughes, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Morehead State University, Kentucky; Randy Dunn, ISU graduate and former state school superintendent who is president of Murray State University, Kentucky; Tim Flanagan, president of Framingham State University, Massachusetts; and Larry Dietz, ISU vice president for student affairs.