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Pritzker appoints 5 new SIU trustees

Friday, Mar 22, 2019

* Daily Egyptian

The SIU Board of Trustees will see five new faces after Gov. JB Pritzker chose to not reappoint trustees Randal Thomas, Shirley Portwood and Joel Sambursky. Pritzker has also dismissed trustees Marsha Ryan and Tom Britton, who were never formally approved through the Illinois Senate.

Filling the five trustee positions, upon Senate confirmation, are Subhash Sharma, Roger Tedrick, Edgar J. Curtis, Ed Hightower and John Simmons. […]

Simmons is a chairman of the national law firm Simmons Hanly Conroy. He is a 1991 graduate of SIUE, receiving his degree in political science. The namesake for SIUE’s Simmons Baseball Complex, Simmons worked to send SIUE Athletics to full NCAA Division I status. He previously served as a member of the SIU Board of Trustees from 2004 to 2013.

Hightower’s and Simmons’ appointment raises concerns to some after Rep. Jay Hoffman, D-Collinsville, introduced legislation in 2013 attempting to split the system.

Then-president Glenn Poshard said then-Gov. Pat Quinn’s choice to not reappoint three Metro East trustees – John Simmons, Ed Hightower and Mark Hinrichs, “caused the feelings of separation to reignite, saying SIU Edwardsville is well loved and some feel the campus is not getting the respect it deserves.”

* The Southern

Tedrick, an SIU Carbondale graduate, is the president of Tedrick Insurance, based in Mount Vernon. He was raised in Carbondale and has served on the boards of the SIUC Alumni Association and SIU Foundation. He served on the board of trustees from 2004 to 2011, including as board chairman. […]

Ed Curtis, a newcomer to the board, is the president and chief executive officer of Memorial Health System of Springfield, a network of Springfield-area hospitals that works closely with the SIU School of Medicine.

Curtis received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from SIU Edwardsville, and began his career as a registered nurse, according to his executive biography. […]

Another newcomer to the board, Subash Sharma received his doctorate degree in statistics from the University of Kentucky in 1983, then began a long career as a professor in the SIU Carbondale Department of Economics. He became chair of the department in 2010 and is now listed as an emeritus faculty member on the department’s website.

So, SIUC loyalists appear to be Sharma and Tedrick. SIUE folks are Simmons and Hightower. Curtis is a SIU Springfield person from SIUE.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

8 Comments
  1. - Our Joe - Friday, Mar 22, 19 @ 2:47 pm:

    Poshard got half of his old trustees put back on the SIU Board again. Reminds me of the line: What’s past is not forgotten…heck, it’s not even past!


  2. - Ray del Camino - Friday, Mar 22, 19 @ 2:58 pm:

    Good picks. Let’s hope they help SIU climb out of its hole, now that we have taken away Bruce’s shovel.


  3. - Honeybear - Friday, Mar 22, 19 @ 3:49 pm:

    I’m a big fan of Dr. Hightower. I know some didn’t like him but I’ve always experienced him as responsive and receptive.


  4. - Nobody Sent - Friday, Mar 22, 19 @ 3:51 pm:

    Nothing against the individuals appointed to the SIU Board, but I have to wonder how many of the appointees JB has chosen come from among the nominees submitted through the website created for that purpose. I’d like to be proven wrong in my thinking that its just a public relations tool.


  5. - Honeybear - Friday, Mar 22, 19 @ 3:59 pm:

    I think you’re totally right Nobody Sent. No one I know, all extremely qualified people, have even gotten a call or an email.


  6. - Rich Miller - Friday, Mar 22, 19 @ 4:31 pm:

    ===come from among the nominees submitted through the website===

    I would assume the people they wanted to choose were sent to the website.


  7. - Blue Dog Dem - Friday, Mar 22, 19 @ 4:40 pm:

    I was hoping for some fresh,new,non SIU affiliated blood. Whatever.


  8. - The_Equalizer - Friday, Mar 22, 19 @ 4:59 pm:

    40% SIU-C, 40% SIU-E, one from Springfield. Other than Tedrick, I don’t know them, but seems wise to have some C and E balance after Dunn.


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