Illinois State University students weren't the only ones surprised by last week's announcement that ISU president Al Bowman would be stepping down. The president of near-by Illinois Wesleyan University, Dick Wilson, says the announcement caught him off guard too. Wilson says he'll miss Bowman, and recalls a time he was facing a vexing problem:
"I, ah, called Al and came over, 7 O'clock one morning and he and I met in his office, he didn't actually tell me what to do, but he just sort of talked me through this particular issue"
Dick Wilson says he and Al Bowman were able to work together on several mutually beneficial ventures. Bowman announced last week he'll leave the position of president of ISU when a replacement is found.
IWU president on Bowman departure.
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