The board of trustees will meet Friday in Carbondale to discuss the replacement process for SIUC’s chancellor as well as choose a firm to search for a permanent SIU System President.

Despite the passing of former SIUC Chancellor Carlo Montemagno nearly a month ago, the board is not beginning the search for a permanent replacement until the system president position is filled with a permanent leader.

In an email sent to the SIUC community upon the announcement of the Nov. 9 special meeting, Interim SIU System President J. Kevin Dorsey said the timeline for the chancellor search had to be directly linked to the search for the president.

“It would be difficult to attract a chancellor without a permanent president in place, so the board’s first priority after the interim chancellor appointment must remain a presidential search,” Dorsey said.

The board will be discussing the interim chancellor selection process at the meeting, according to the meeting’s agenda, in addition to giving Dorsey the ability to fill some of the SIUC chancellor duties in the meantime.

As a part of his message, Dorsey also touched on the reorganization plan Montemagno originally proposed and said the SIUC community “must go forward.”

“As I’ve talked with so many of you over these last two weeks, I’ve heard your call to continue moving forward. I am confident that we can do so deliberately and collaboratively,” Dorsey said.

The meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday in the large dining room of the Stone Center in Carbondale. The next regular meeting will be held Dec. 13 at Carbondale.

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