Report on Faculty Senate 12/10/2019

Graduate student numbers.

The most important news item may have been an explanation for why SIUC didn’t provide any data on graduate applications at last week’s Board of Trustees meeting. As was noted in the last FA News post, numbers distributed on campus indicate a decline in graduate school applications of over 50%. Yet at the same BOT meeting where the provost touted higher undergraduate numbers, she reported that no figures were available for graduate students. At the FS Provost Komarraju provided a more nuanced response. Komarraju said that a glitch in the new reporting system appears to have led to a undercounting of applicants. Undergraduate numbers were the priority, she said, and a staffer was out in the grad school, explaining why they had undergraduate application numbers but no reliable graduate numbers. The administration is working on getting more accurate numbers, they said. Komarraju assured a questioner that applications were being processed despite this glitch.

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New System President Named

Daniel F. Mahony, president of Winthrop University in South Carolina, has been named the new president of the SIU system (pending formal BOT approval this week).

I (Dave Johnson) was on the search advisory committee, and can confirm that he was one of those most highly ranked by the committee, though the committee did not rank candidates. Our only role was to help select a group to be interviewed by the BOT.

Here are the relevant detailed BOT documents, including the public version of his offer package.

SIU System Presidential Announcement_12-5-19final



BOT materials for Sep 9 2019

Agendas and appendices for the BOT meetings on Sep 8 and 9 can be found on their website here.

I’ve pasted a version of the main agenda to our website: 0919 agenda.

Presidential search stuff

Below you’ll find links to non-confidential documentation for the presidential search for the SIU system.

SIU President_Leadership Profile

SIU ad

Southern Story on presidential search  (June 19)


BOT special meeting for June 19

The BOT will hold a special meeting on June 19 at SIUE. The main agenda item seems to be extending the contract of Interim President Dorsey given that the presidential search will not be completed by July.

The materials for the meeting can be found here:

BOT for June 19, 2019

OEIG report & analysis

Here’s a searchable version of the OEIG report on the unethical hires at SIUC.

OEIG report

And here’s Dave Johnson’s take on that report.

OEIG analysis

Notes on BOT meetings

Here are some notes on the BOT meetings over the last couple of days (May 15 and 16).

BOT May 2019 Notes

BOT open session 30 May 2018

Here is my (Dave J’s) writeup of the public session of BOT meeting in Springfield on May 30. As this is posted, we have no news of what happened in the closed session (which may still be going on).

BOT notes 30 May 2018