Southern Illinois University Carbondale's interim chancellor has plenty of issues to tackle in his new role.
The SIU Board of Trustees named Brad Cowell to the position Thursday after a national search failed to find a permanent replacement.
Cowell recognizes the job brings challenges, especially when it comes to the school's budget in a year where enrollment has declined and no state funding has been appropriated.
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"Even though I've been out of the state for five years, I'm very aware of some of the difficulties fiscally the state has encountered, and quite frankly, it's not new to any state as far as that goes," Cowell said.
As far as how to handle the cuts, Cowell isn't talking layoffs or large tuition increases, but rather focusing on better admissions from the region and retaining current students. SIU President Randy Dunn has estimated a need to cut at least $9 million at the Carbondale campus in this fiscal year.
Cowell once served as an associate dean at SIU Carbondale. He's currently the Dean of the College of Education and Human Development at Bowling Green State University.