This past Saturday I had the opportunity to attend a special meeting of the Illinois State University Board of Trustees, at which time the Board accepted the resignation of Dr. Timothy Flanagan as President of ISU, and unanimously approved of Dr. Larry Dietz as the 19th President of Illinois State University, with a contract through June of 2017.
Those of you familiar with the public controversy surrounding Dr. Flanagan will not be surprised to hear of his departure. The bigger take-away to me is that the Board of Trustees has made a solid decision in how to move forward. Board Chair Michael McCuskey noted that, “The Board is impressed and fully confident in Dr. Dietz’s leadership, character and engagement with the University community. Those qualities were evidenced in the feedback we received from the campus community and search team during last year’s presidential search process and remain in evidence today through his outstanding level of performance at Illinois State.”
As someone who has worked for Dr. Dietz for the past three years, I think the Board got it right. Dr. Dietz is someone with a true passion for higher education, and is very well regarded by students, faculty, and staff. I have found him to be thoughtful, engaged, and caring, and consider him to be a leader with vision; he is definitely equipped to lead Illinois State towards a strong future. It’s a great time to be a Redbird!