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Finalists announced for Illinois State University president


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The Board of Trustees of Illinois State University has announced the finalists for the University’s 18th president. They will visit campus and participate in open forums from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. April 22, 24, 26 and 29 in Old Main Room at the Bone Student Center.

Karla Hughes is a tenured professor, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Morehead State University in Morehead, Ky. Prior to coming to Morehead in July 2007, Hughes served as the American Council on Education Fellow at East Carolina University, where she also was a professor and founder of the College of Human Ecology, a merger of the schools of Human Environmental Sciences and Social Work and Criminal Justice Studies.

Hughes received a Ph.D. in agriculture from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville in 1979. She will be on campus April 22.

Randy Dunn has been president of Murray State University in Murray, Ky., since December 2006. Previously he served as state superintendent of education for the Illinois State Board of Education. Dunn also was a professor in the department of educational administration and higher education at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.

He holds an Ed.D. in educational administration from the University of Illinois. Dunn will visit campus April 24.

Timothy Flanagan has served as president of Framingham State University in Framingham, Mass., since August 2006. He also is a professor of sociology at the university. Previously he was provost and vice president for academic affairs and a professor of criminal justice at State University of New York, College at Brockport in New York.

He received a Ph.D. in criminal justice from the University of Albany, State University of New York. Flanagan has done post-graduate work at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. Flanagan will be on campus April 26.

Larry Dietz has been vice president for student affairs at Illinois State University since June 2011. Prior to coming to Illinois State, he served as vice chancellor for student affairs and special assistant to the chancellor at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.

A tenured associate professor of educational administration and foundations, Dietz earned his Ph.D. in professional studies in higher education administration at Iowa State University. He will be on campus April 29.

“We have a slate of outstanding finalists from a large pool of exceptionally qualified, diverse candidates,” said Michael McCuskey, who chairs the Board of Trustees and search team. “We are confident the next president of Illinois State will continue to strengthen our reputation as one of the top public universities in the nation. I want to thank the board and the entire search advisory committee for their hard work in bringing these candidates to campus.”

The search team’s goal is to have the new president in place prior to the start of the fall semester. Al Bowman, Illinois State’s 17th president, announced in December he would retire after serving Illinois State for 35 years, the last 10 as president.

For more information on the candidates, visit

The presidential search committee includes faculty, staff and students, as well as representatives from the Alumni Association, ISU Foundation and Intercollegiate Athletics. The consulting firm of Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc. is assisting in the search.

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