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Search For New Southern Illinois President Could Take Year

Southern Illinois University- Carbondale, via Facebook

The search for a new president for Southern Illinois University could take a year following the resignation of its previous leader following a contentious dispute over shifting state funding between its campuses.

The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan reports Board of Trustees members met in a private session for nearly three hours Tuesday to discuss how they will replace former President Randy Dunn, who resigned in July.

Board chairwoman Amy Sholar says the trustees will work with two consultants but will take their time. Sholar says she hopes a new president will be in place before the fall 2019 semester starts.

Dunn became the target of criticism over his handling of a proposal to shift $5 million in state funding from the school's Carbondale campus to the Edwardsville campus.

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