A new era is under way for Illinois State University. Timothy Flanagan will be the 18th president at ISU. Flanagan is currently president at Framingham State University in Massachusetts, where he has served since 2006. He was excited to get started in Normal. “This is an important job for the students who attend and will attend along with the 190,000 alumni of this great university,” Flanagan said. “It’s important for the economic and social well-being of the state of Illinois and for the nation.”
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Board of Trustees Chairman Michael McCuskey said Flanagan was the choice because of his experience as an administrator and university leader. “He has an energy and I think people felt that and saw that,” McCuskey said. “While he’s at a smaller university right now, you might say he’s ready for the big time. He has a passion for education at ISU and I think he’s a wonderful choice.” Flanagan will arrive for duty on Aug. 15. Outgoing President Al Bowman’s final day is May 15. University Provost Sheri Everts will serve in the interim.