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Name: Southern Illinois University (Carbondale campus). University Administrative Council

Historical Note: On August 3, 1970, in a special meeting of the Board of Trustees of Southern Illinois University, it was decided that, starting September 1 of the same year, the position of President of Southern Illinois University was to be removed and it was to be declared that both the Carbondale and Edwardsville campuses would be entering a transitional period of administrative reorganization. The University Administrative Council was created to fill that void. It was decided during that meeting that the University Administrative Council would cease to exist on August 31, 1971. The University Administrative Council consisted of a chairman, Clarence Stephens; both the Carbondale and Edwardsville chancellors, Robert Layer and John Rendleman, respectively; the Carbondale and Edwardsville systems vice presidents, Isaac Brackett and Ralph Ruffner, respectively; and the chief board of staff, James Brown. All of the members could vote, with the exception of the chief board of staff, James Brown. The main duties and responsibilities that were assigned to the University Administrative Council were to lead and coordinate the review and evaluations of the organization of activities of the university, identifying functional areas and integrating specific function into current organizational structure, to decentralize Southern Illinois University activities as quickly as possible, assist as president if one is needed in the Southern Illinois University system, identify what needed to be kept centralized at Southern Illinois University, and develop uniform administrative practices.

Board of Trustees of Southern Illinois. (1972). Annual Report of the Board of Trustees, 1970-1972. Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University.

Mitchell, B. (1993). Southern Illinois, A Pictorial History. St. Louis, MO: G. Bradley Publishing, Inc.

Note Author: Cassidy Ward

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