Wednesday is the last day on-duty for ISU President Al Bowman. (WJBC file photo)
By Eric Stock
NORMAL - Illinois State University's outgoing President Al Bowman believes the school is being left in good hands as new president Timothy Flanagan takes over in August.
Wednesday is Bowman's last day on the job. He's been university president for 10 years and started at ISU in 1978. He called Flanagan the right fit.
"His management style sounds like the kind that would be effective here," Bowman said. "He listens, he gets out and talks to people, he's very hands on as president. That is what this campus wants."
Bowman hoped the schools's growing academic strength will be part of his legacy in his near decade at the helm. Overall, the last decade taught him a lot about himself.
"Most people don't have the level of confidence they should have and I was one of them," he said. "I just didn't think I had the ability to do this job but I rolled up my sleeves and worked hard and I really feel good about what I've done."
Bowman said his one regret was not getting an expansion done for Milner Library, which will be left for Flanagan. Conversely and maybe most importantly in the transition, Bowman said ISU doesn't need radical change. Change, however, will be the challenge for the 17th President.
"Like any adult you work your entire life and are excited but at the same time anxious about retirement," Bowman said. "You can't replace the level of excitement that comes with a job like this."
He will still have an office at ISU - he will teach a leadership class in the fall.
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