Ed­in­boro U. pres­i­dent fi­nal­ist for W. Illi­nois job

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - - Local News - By Bill Schack­ner

Ed­in­boro Univer­sity Pres­i­dent Guiyou Huang, ap­pointed to the job in May 2019, is one of six fi­nal­ists in a presi-den­tial search at West­ern Illi­nois Univer-sity, ac­cord­ing to offi-cials from the in­sti­tu­tion in Ma­comb, Ill.

The can­di­dates are be-ing con­sid­ered to be-come the school’s 12th pres­i­dent. Open in­ter-view ses­sions are to be­held via Zoom with vari-ous univer­sity and com-mu­nity con­stituents.

Ac­cord­ing to a presi-den­tial search up­date on West­ern Illi­nois’ web-site Fri­day, fac­ulty, staff, stu­dents and com-mu­nity mem­bers can par­tic­i­pate in an open ses­sion pro­vided they reg­is­ter.

An­gela Bur­rows, an Ed­in­boro spokes wo­man, said Fri­day that the uni-ver­sity had no com­ment re­gard­ing Mr. Huang’s in­volve­ment in the West­ern Illi­nois search.

On Wed­nes­day, the State Sys­tem of Higher Ed­u­ca­tion, to which Ed­in­boro be­longs, ad-vanced a plan to re­cast the cam­pus of 4,300 stu-dents along with Cal­i­for-nia and Clar­ion univer-sities into a sin­gle en­tity with one lead­er­ship team and uni­fied fac­ulty, staff and en­roll­ment op-er­a­tions.

It and the other 13state-owned uni­ver­si­ties are in the midst of a rede-sign, hop­ing to re­v­erse fi-nan­cial and en­roll­ment woes. Mr. Huang was among the pres­i­dents of those uni­ver­si­ties who cited po­ten­tial ben­e­fits to the in­te­gra­tion as thesys­tem’s board met via Zoom on Wed­nes­day.

The State Sys­tem has nearly 94,000 stu­dents on14 cam­puses, and its board could vote on the in­te­gra­tion plan in July2021 af­ter a 60-day pub­lic process in­clud­ing hear-ings. Blooms­burg, Lock Haven and Mans­field uni­ver­si­ties could al­sobe blended into a sin­gle in­sti­tu­tion.

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