Southern Illinois University President Randy Dunn played host Thursday at a reception for the Edwardsville campus’ new chancellor Dr. Randy Pembrook in the Morris University Center’s Meridian Ballroom.
A crowd of more than 300 SIUE faculty, staff and students, along with community members, higher education leaders from around the region and representatives of various political offices gathered to officially install Pembrook. He and his wife Mary Jo stood just inside the doorway to personally greet everyone coming in.
“We need to celebrate and mark this occasion, because it is a transformative time,” said Dunn (left in photo), who acknowledged that a less grand ceremony than traditionally held was performed because of budget implications. “Randy Pembrook is invested in SIUE with his heart and soul, and nothing can substitute for that heart and soul involvement. On behalf of the board of trustees, I want to congratulate SIUE on this new era.”
“It does truly feel like coming home,” said Pembrook, who is both a Metro East native and SIUE alum. “I want to thank the faculty, staff and students for making me feel as if this is the right place from Day One. I know that we will do great things together.”
Pembrook pointed to SIUE’s steady growth in enrollment, increasing academic reputation, expanded campus facilities and on-campus housing, and vibrant campus life as impressive highlights since his days as a student.
Pembrook asked all the attendees to consider their legacy. “Remember who gave to you along your path, and consider what you will leave for others,” he said. “Within SIUE’s mission is shaping a changing world, and we will change the world together.”
— From the Illinois Business Journal