NORMAL — Candidates on a narrowed list of potential successors to Illinois State University President Al Bowman will be interviewed next week in Chicago.
The ISU board of trustees will meet with the presidential search advisory committee Monday and Tuesday at the Hilton hotel at O’Hare Airport to conduct the interviews.
“We have identified a group of outstanding candidates from an international pool of highly qualified applicants,” said Michael McCuskey, who chairs the board and search team, in a prepared statement. “Over a two-day period, the board, along with members of the search advisory committee, will conduct in-depth interviews with each of the candidates.”
ISU Chief of Staff Jay Groves said the number and identities of the candidates remain confidential, and the interviews will be conducted behind closed doors.
McCuskey says finalists will be brought to campus before the end of the spring semester.
“With the assistance of Greenwood/Asher & Associates, our search process has moved smoothly and efficiently,” McCuskey said in the statement. “It remains our goal to have Illinois State’s next president in place before the beginning of the fall semester.”
Bowman, who was named ISU president in 2004, announced in December that he would step down for health reasons, but agreed to stay until his successor is named.