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Dunn officially out as SIU System President

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EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. — Just weeks after it decided against placing Randy Dunn on administrative leave, the SIU Board of trustees voted unanimously to finalize his removal as system president following four years in charge. 

Dunn’s ouster brought mixed reactions from the Crowd in Edwardsville, with some supporting the move, like SIU Carbondale Faculty President Jonathan Bean. 


“We are relieved and thankful to the board for resolving a situation that brought ill repute to the SIU System and distracted us from our core mission,” Bean said.

Others spoke out against it. 


“I am here today to warn you that you have lost the faith of this campus and I am here today to challenge you to do better,” said Collin Van Meter, who works with the SIUE IT Department.

Dunn's removal comes following a release of almost 2,000 pages of emails, notes and other documents that showed him attempting to covertly shift millions of dollars in funding from SIU Carbondale to the Edwardsville campus and actively working to split the system.

One member of the board told News 3 the removal process started almost as soon as those documents were released to the public.

Dr. Kevin Dorsey, who served as the dean and provost of the SIU School of Medicine in Springfield from 2001-2015, was approved as acting president. 

Dorsey says his primary job will be reuniting the Carbondale and Edwardsville campuses after months of controversy and animosity. 

“What we don’t want Is a zero sum game,” Dorsey said. “We don’t want winners or losers because if one of us loses, the people that we serve are going to lose.”

Board chair Amy Sholar says Dorsey was chosen because of his familiarity with the system and ability to mediate between sides that are more divided than ever. 

“He is a calming influence, he has the historical background for the entire system and he is a methodical and reasoned thinker and that he will move forward in a fair and balanced manner,” Sholar said.

As part of his separation agreement Dunn will receive $215,000 in severance pay and a visiting professor position at SIUE. 

The board of trustees will address the search for a new president at its meeting in August.

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