The SIU governing board is ready to take the next step in searching for a replacement for retiring President Glenn Poshard.
The executive committee of SIU's Board of Trustees will meet Wednesday to name an advisory committee and to hire an outside search firm.
Poshard announced in July that he plans to retire at the end of June next year, even though his contract expires in 2015.
The advisory committee will include representatives from SIU's Carbondale and Edwardsville campuses. Poshard will have no formal role in the search.