SIU Postpones Naming Acting Carbondale Chancellor

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By Associated Press

CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) - Southern Illinois University is delaying the naming of a new interim chancellor for its Carbondale campus until next week.

The SIU Board of Trustees' executive committee was to decide that matter during a special meeting Wednesday in Carbondale. But that has been rescheduled for next Tuesday, and the only agenda item is to appoint a temporary replacement for Rita Cheng.

Cheng has been named president of Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. SIU President Randy Dunn says Cheng completed her work on the Carbondale campus Monday and is taking vacation leave pending the start of her new job in two weeks.

Cheng has been the Carbondale school's chancellor since 2010.

A process for searching for Cheng's permanent successor will be sorted out after an SIU board meeting later this month.

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