NORMAL — The “interim” has been removed from the title of Jan Murphy, who has been Illinois State University's interim vice president for academic affairs and provost for the past year.
Murphy has been at ISU since 1986, starting as an assistant professor of family and consumer sciences. She has been interim provost since January 2017, stepping in after the departure of Janet Krejci. Murphy also served as interim provost in 2008 and she was associate provost for more than 10 years.
The annual salary in her new position is $275,000.
The vice president for academic affairs and provost is the university's chief academic officer and is responsible for all academic programs and many service areas. The provost also serves as the primary representative of the president when the president is absent.
An announcement from the university said “changes in the dynamic of the candidate pool, along with feedback from campus constituents and shared governance bodies, led to the decision to name Murphy as permanent vice president.”
ISU spokesman Eric Jome said “a couple of candidates had withdrawn and taken other positions” during the search process. With that development, combined with campus feedback, it was determined that “the best candidate we had was the one in the interim position,” he said.
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Originally, Murphy had not sought the position on a permanent basis and was not among the finalists named after a national search. None of the finalists were from ISU.
“Jan Murphy has an impressive track record of service to Illinois State University as a professor, department chair, dean and, most recently, as interim provost,” said President Larry Dietz, who made the appointment. “I have full confidence that she will continue to serve the university well as provost and I look forward to her continued leadership in academic affairs.”
Murphy said although she had not intended to stay in the position, she was honored when Dietz asked her to do so.
“I love this institution,” she said. “It's a great institution because of the people who work here.”
The biggest challenges facing the university are the budget and enrollment, according to Murphy.
“We want to provide the best possible learning environment for our students and faculty with the resources provided by the state,” she said.
Murphy has a bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
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