SIU trustees OK administrative reorganizations at SIUE

The Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees at its regularly scheduled meeting today on the Springfield campus approved two administrative reorganization proposals on the Edwardsville campus.

The reporting structure for the East St. Louis campus will change from SIUE’s Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs to the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Administration. The East St. Louis Center has traditionally provided educational and community service programs for children, youth and adults.

“After an internal review, we determined that the grant-funded programs such as Head Start/Early Head Start should be shifted to the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Administration,” said Julie Furst-Bowe, SIUE chancellor. “Vice Chancellor for Administration Kenn Neher can be more directly engaged in the financial oversight of the East St. Louis Center.”

With responsibility for the SIUE Head Start/Early Head Start program, Neher will oversee a number of Head Start/Early Head Start Centers that include four locations in East St. Louis along with centers in Belleville, Brooklyn, Cahokia and Caseyville. There are three Head Start or Early Head Start collaboration sites in Belleville and two in East St. Louis, plus single sites in Cahokia and Freeburg.

The SIUE East St. Louis Charter High School will continue to report to the dean of the School of Education, Health and Human Behavior. Curt Lox is currently serving as the interim dean.

In another administrative move, the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion will move from the Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs to the Office of the Chancellor.

“Because of the significance of an inclusive and diverse environment to the welfare of our campus community, I want a close and communicative relationship with our Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion led by Venessa Brown,” Furst-Bowe said. “This structure fits the standard found among many institutions of higher education and will clearly communicate SIUE’s commitment to institutional diversity.”

The Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion is responsible for the development, implementation and management of a University-wide Diversity Program, including elements of cultural and social diversity, civility, ethics and collective responsibility. The office will maintain its current location at 3116 Rendleman Hall.

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