The Southern Illinois University system is about to get a new president.
The university’s board of trustees announced this afternoon that Randy J. Dunn, who served seven months as Youngstown State University president in Ohio, is reportedly leaving to become president of Southern Illinois University at an annual salary of $430,000.
Dunn will replace soon-to-retire Glenn Poshard.
Poshard announced last July he plans to step down at the end of June, even though his contract expires in 2015.
The board’s chairman, Randal Thomas, tells the Belleville news-democrat that nearly 100 people applied for the position.
Poshard is a former Illinois state senator, congressman and gubernatorial candidate who has presided over southern Illinois university’s system since 2006.
Dunn, who has an annual salary at YSU of $375,000, had been president of Murray State University in Kentucky for about six years when YSU tapped him to replace Cynthia E. Anderson as president. Before his contentious exit from Murray State, Dunn served as Illinois state schools superintendent and as a professor at SIU in Carbondale.
He has a doctorate of education from the university of Illinois and master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Illinois state university.