Today's SIU Board of Trustees meeting was the first for Randy Dunn as President, and he says he's excited about prospects for the future, and ready for the challenges that lie ahead. Dunn, who was a finalist for ISU president last year, says he's spent his first week meeting with faculty, staff, and students on the Carbondale and Edwardsville campuses, learning as much as he can about what is needed in the short- and long-term. He says he's hopeful he can work to add value to each campus and each program:
"Not to be another level of bureaucracy or red tape, or have me being the uber manager of the campuses. But to really integrate with the campuses and the locations in a way that the work of the system is value added."
In his first meeting, Dunn recommended the board hold off voting on a couple of fees and contracts, so that he can have more time to review them and make a better recommendation to Trustees. Among the tabled fees is one for SIU Carbondale's student newspaper, The Daily Egyptian, and the campus athletic fee.
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