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Name: Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Chancellor.

Historical Note:

Before September 1970, the position of President held chief administrative authority for the Board of Trustees at both the Southern Illinois University Carbondale and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville campuses.  As Chief Executive Officer of Southern Illinois University Carbondale, the President was directly responsible to the Board of Trustees for the academic, administrative and business affairs of the institution (see RG 1-4).  Through a process of decentralization, each campus received its own President (see RG 1-6).  Due to an internal reorganization of the University, the position of Chancellor of the Carbondale campus was created by the Board of Trustees on June 21, 1968.

Robert W. MacVicar was appointed the first chancellor.  He resigned in 1970 and Mr. Willis Malone served as temporary Chancellor from June 1970 to September 1970, When Robert G. Layer was appointed the position.  Dr. Layer served as Chancellor from September 1970 to September 1971 and as President until February 1972, when David Derge was appointed President.  In 1972 the Office was eliminated as an administrative unit.  In 1979 the position of Chancellor of the Southern Illinois University System was created.  More material for this office can be found in RG 1-4.

Titles of the Chancellor and the President were reversed on 1 Jan 1996, to conform with titles given to these positions at other colleges and universities throughout Illinois, and the nation.  The duties of each position remain the same.  The Chancellor is now the President, Southern Illinois University System.  The President is now Chancellor, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.  Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s President is now called Chancellor, also.  All Vice Presidents are now called Vice Chancellors

The following officers/offices report directly to the Chancellor: Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Vice Chancellor for Financial Affairs, Vice Chancellor for University Relations, Vice Chancellor for Campus Services, University Legal Counsel, Internal Auditor, Director for Computing Affairs, and Director and Provost of the School of Medicine.

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