SIU chair still vacant

SIU’s embattled Board of Trustees tried to meet again yesterday, but the meeting abruptly ended when two members walked out, before a chairperson could be elected. IPR’s Radio’s Jennifer Fuller was there:

SIU Edwardsville Student Trustee David Hamilton made a motion to postpone the officer and committee chair nominations until a full board is seated:

“I cannot justify electing a Chairman when I’m the only representative from one of our major campuses,” says Hamilton.

Three vacancies remain after the Illinois Senate rejected Governor Pat Quinn’s nominations to the SIU Board back in February. Trustee Don Lowery says enough is enough:

“We’ve spent a lot of time dealing with a situation that has wasted the valuable time that we need to operate the university,” Lowery says.

When Hamilton’s motion failed, he and Trustee Marquita Wiley walked out in protest. Their absence left the Board without a quorum, so no business could be conducted. Another meeting may be scheduled this month. The next regular meeting is set for next month in Carbondale.