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The position of the Chief of Board Staff was created by the Board of Trustees at a special meeting July 8, 1970. James Brown was appointed to this position on August 3, 1970, by the Board of Trustees and he assumed the duties of the position on September 1, 1970.
The position title was changed to General Secretary of the SIU System. The duties of this position are to serve as an educational analyst and advisor to the Board of Trustees and assist it in system planning coordination of system concerns and in maintaining external relationship of the system. He/she shall assist the Secretary in preparation and publication of Board Agenda and minutes and their preservation of records, including budgetary matters. The General Secretary of the Southern Illinois University System administers the Office of the Board of Trustees and is assisted in his/her duties by the professional and clerical staff attached to his/her office.
In action by the Board of Trustees, February 8, 1979, a new system of governance for the Southern Illinois University system was established, abolishing the position of General Secretary of the Southern Illinois University System, and creating the Office of the Chancellor of the Southern Illinois University system. The Chancellor serves as the primary link between the Board of Trustees' responsibilities for policies and the President's responsibilities for operations. The Chancellor reports directly to the Board of Trustees and is responsible to the Board of Trustees for effective administration of the system. Kenneth Shaw was appointed to this position.
On 1 January 1996, the Board of Trustees reversed the titles of President and Chancellor, so that the Southern Illinois University System titles would be uniform with those at other at other colleges and universities, throughout the state and the nation.
Chancellors, now Presidents, of the SIU System, in order by tenure, are as follows:
15 Sept 1979 - 12 Jan 1986 Kenneth Shaw
13 Jan 86 - 30 Jun 1986 James M. Brown (Acting)
1 Jul 1986 - 2 Aug 1991 Lawrence Pettit
10 December 1992 - 30 Jun 1995 James M. Brown (Acting)
1 July 1995 - 2000 Ted Sanders (Called President, as of 1 January 1996)
2000-2006 James Walker
2006 September 28 - Present Glen W. Poshard