Timothy Flanagan has been named the 18th President of Illinois State University. (Photo by Zach Dietmeier)
By Eric Stock
NORMAL - Illinois State University has introduced Timothy Flanagan as the school's 18th president at a news conference on Friday.
Flanagan replaces Al Bowman, who announced his retirement last year.
Flanagan spent seven years as President of Framingham State University in Framingham, Mass.
"Illinois State is recognized as a national leader for educating students who are prepared to take their place in this world,” Flanagan said. “The faculty is outstanding, not only committed to the classroom but also to research.”
Flanagan received a Ph.D. in criminal justice from the University of Albany, State University of New York. He has done post-graduate work at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. He and his wife, Nancy, who holds a Ph.D. in nursing, have two children and four grandchildren.
Flanagan’s accomplishments include creating new academic programs; securing $175 million in capital investment in the past six years; establishing record-setting levels of fundraising and private support and launching the first comprehensive campaign in Framingham State’s history.
The three other finalists for the job were ISU's Vice President for student affairs Larry Dietz, Murray State University President Randy Dunn and Morehead State University vice president for academic affairs Karla Hughes.
Each candidate visited campus over the last three weeks and met with faculty, staff and students.
Bowman to retire May 15
His first day will be Aug. 1, while Bowman's last day will be May 15.
Illinois State Provost Sheri Noren Everts will serve as interim president from May 16 to August 14.
Bowman announced his retirement in December 2012. The 59-year-old Bowman said that he is in good health, but underwent a significant surgical procedure several years ago and he said stepping away from a seven-day-a week position is the 'best thing he can do for his long-term well-being.'
A public reception was held for Bowman Thursday. He served as ISU president for 10 years and has been an employee of the university for 35 years.
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Zach Dietmeier and Stephanie Pawlowski contributed to this story.