Thursday, October 6, 2016

The state still owes SIUE. Here’s why the new campus leader is optimistic - LEXI CORTES, Belleville News Democrat

In his first address to the campus, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s new chancellor acknowledged that school leaders have probably been “lamenting the budget” for six decades. But he offered optimism about the college’s future because of his plans for a largely untapped potential funding source: the community. Randall Pembrook, the university’s ninth chancellor, has only been on campus for about 50 days, but he said Thursday that he’s been thinking about SIUE’s future for 40 years. He’s a southern Illinois native and SIUE alum who had been working as the chief academic officer at Washburn University in Topeka, Kan., before making the move back to the metro-east. Pembrook said SIUE is actually in a stable financial position despite the state’s budget crisis and that it will likely continue to be in good shape through fiscal year 2017-18.

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