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Published on Sep 9, 2011
MACOMB, IL -- Jack Thomas was named Western Illinois University's 11th president by the WIU Board of Trustees in mid-January (2011). And by the time he stepped through the door of Sherman Hall 209 on July 1, 2011, Thomas was already hitting his stride as Western's newest president, as had been working side by side since the January announcement with President Emeritus Al Goldfarb so the transition from leader to leader would be a smooth one.
Since taking office on July 1, it has been a flurry of activity for Dr. Thomas. He has been meeting with campus constituencies; traveling to alumni events; conducting media interviews; thinking about long-term vision and goals for WIU; and prepping for his first academic semester as president.
In this video, Dr. Thomas talks about some of the successes WIU has had and that he, as president, hopes to build upon; new goals he plans to pursue; challenges Western faces in these difficult budgetary times in the State of Illinois; and, most of all, to let the Western and Illinois communities know that WIU is a student-centered University that will continue to provide its students with a quality, affordable higher education.