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Provost accepts new position as EIU president

Provost David Glassman
Provost David Glassman

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs David Glassman announced today at a press conference in Charleston that he will leave his post at Bradley University to become the president of Eastern Illinois University, effective June 1.

Glassman said at the EIU press conference this morning that he is ready to take on this new and exciting challenge.

“I’m thrilled to have been chosen and am honored and thankful for the confidence shown in me by Eastern’s Board of Trustees,” Glassman said in a press conference. “I look forward to beginning my work on campus.”

He said he hopes to be able to teach a class at EIU, even with the responsibilities of the presidency.

“If my schedule allows time to do so, I would like to teach maybe one course every other year or so,” Glassman said. “In addition to helping me keep in touch with our students, teaching allows me to make better decisions relative to the faculty.”

This is the third cabinet member to announce a departure from the Hilltop this semester, alongside Bradley University President Joanne Glasser and Athletic Director Michael Cross. Glassman will follow EIU’s retiring president Bill Perry.

Glassman is not unfamiliar with vying for the position of president, as he also was a candidate for chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and the University of Michigan-Flint in 2014. Both universities selected other candidates.

During his five year stint at Bradley, Glassman oversaw the revision of the general education program, which was passed by University Senate Feb. 16, and was an advocate for the undergraduate, graduate and continuing education programming.

He joined the Hilltop family July 2010 after serving as the dean of the Liberal Arts and Sciences College at the University of Southern Indiana for six years. Before USI, Glassman spent 19 years as a faculty member, associate dean and chair of the Anthropology Department at Texas State University.