Illinois State University President Al Bowman says he will retire as soon as the University can choose a replacement.The sudden announcement comes soon after Bowman's recent signing of a four year contract with a retention bonus to be paid at the end of the term. In a message to the campus, Bowman cites health considerations as the cause of his unlooked for departure. He says he had a significant surgical procedure several years ago to address a serious medical issue and although his current condition is good he has been advised that stepping away from a high pressure position is the best thing he can do for his long term well being. Bowman is nearly 60 years of age. He says he reached the decision to step down after long and emotional discussions with his wife and daughters and a few close colleagues and friends. Bowman says there are no underlying University issues set to emerge and he will not take another position and hopes to remain involved with the campus. Bowman says he has asked Trustees Chair Michael McCuskey to convene a special meeting of the board to begin the search process for a successor. Bowman became ISU's 17th President in March of 2004. He says although serving during a chaotic fiscal period has brought stress, his joys have far exceeded his anxieties.
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