The president of Southern Illinois University is ready to call it a career. Glenn Poshard announced Thursday that he’ll retire at the end of June next year, by which time he will have been president for 8½ years, and will have been involved with SIU for 40 years.
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“I’ve been a student here. I have three degrees from this university. I’ve been a civil service worker, an adjunct professor, I was vice chancellor for administration here. I’ve served on the board, I’ve served as board chairman, and now president,” he recalled.
Poshard says his time hasn’t been easy, with the state’s financial condition and declining support for higher education, and more recently upheaval on the board of trustees, but he says the university is in good shape now. He does not blame board friction for his decision to retire. He says the time has simply come, as he will be 68 upon retirement. Poshard, a former congressman who was the Democratic candidate for governor in 1998, isn’t ruling out getting back into politics.