Southern Illinois U. President Will Retire in 2014

Glenn W. Poshard, a former state and federal lawmaker, plans to retire after more than eight years in office, many of them supremely challenging because of Illinois’s huge budget deficits that ended up shortchanging the state’s public colleges and universities. Near the beginning of his term as president, Mr. Poshard also dealt with accusations that he had plagiarized parts of his doctoral dissertation, but a faculty committee later concluded that he had committed only “inadvertent plagiarism” and recommended no penalties. Mr. Poshard told the Associated Press that recent resolution of conflict on the university’s Board of Trustees made it easier for him to retire one year before his contract expires.

Poshard, who served five terms in Congress and was a member of the state General Assembly before that, got a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from SIU in 1970, a master’s degree in educational administration in 1974 and a doctorate in administration of higher education a decade later.

After losing the gubernatorial race to Republican George Ryan in 1998, Poshard served four years as vice chancellor at the Carbondale campus.

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