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Provost accepts new position at EIU

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs David Glassman announced Monday 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.

“It has been a wonderful honor and privilege to have been given the opportunity to serve as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Bradley,” Glassman said in an interview with The Scout. “I was fortunate to work with an incredibly outstanding faculty and academic leadership team, as well as having received continuous and full support for my efforts by President Glasser.”

In his EIU presidential announcement press conference, Glassman said 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,” he said. “I look forward to beginning my work on campus.”

He also said he hopes 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 succeed EIU’s retiring president Bill Perry.

Glassman is familiar with vying for the position of president, as he was also 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.

“I am pleased to have had a leadership role in developing Bradley’s 2012-2017 Strategic Plan and working to accomplish its many initiatives to advance academic excellence, revitalize the Graduate School, develop new academic programs, revise our general education curriculum and to achieve other objectives benefiting faculty development and student success,” he said.

Glassman 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, he spent 19 years as a faculty member, associate dean and chair of the Anthropology Department at Texas State University.