SIU President Poshard to Retire Next Year

The President of Southern Illinois University is retiring.
Glenn Poshard will work his last day as the University’s top official on June 30, 2014, marking 8-and-a-half years as the President. He says despite recent tensions on the board, it’s a good situation to leave.
“I actually feel good about the fact that I'm leaving at a time when the leadership of the board is really, really good," Poshard says, noting the new board members have assimilated with the old members very well. He also praised new board chairman Randal Thomas.

"I see nothing but good things happening for this university.”

He says the hostile atmosphere surrounding the Board of Trustees had nothing to do with his decision.

Poshard’s tenure has seen some tough times. There was the plagiarism scandal in 2007, the investigation into a contract granted to his son’s marketing firm in 2009, and all of the turmoil surrounding the Board of Trustees.
Poshard says he hasn’t thought much about life after the Presidency, but for someone who ran against then-Governor George Ryan in 1998, a return to politics comes up often. 

"Having spent most of my adult life in public service, naturally that's going to be a topic of conversation among friends around the state," Poshard says. "But I haven't really thought about it."
He did say he wants to focus more of his time to the Poshard Foundation and its work for abused children and animals.

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