Larry Dietz, ISU's vice president for student affairs, was the final presidential candidate to speak in a public forum. (Photo By Paul Morello/WJBC)
By Paul Morello
NORMAL - The final Illinois State University presidential candidate to visit campus didn't have to go very far to get there.
Larry Dietz has been ISU's vice president for student affairs since June 2011. At a public forum Monday, he said he understands the culture at Illinois State.
"We know who we are, we know what we want to accomplish and we're about the business of doing that," he said. "We don't have a desire to be a lot of things that other institutions frankly will only aspire to be. We've planned our work and we're working our plan."
Dietz is a tenured associate professor of educational administration and foundations. He earned his Ph.D. in professional studies in higher education administration at Iowa State University.
Before coming to ISU, Dietz was the vice chancellor for student affairs at Southern Illinois University. He said one of the most rewarding aspects of his job is the student interaction.
"I've been fortunate and blessed in my career to be able to build those relationships, have those contacts and listen to them talk about the challenges that they've had," he said.
Dietz said if he were hired, one of his chief concerns would be to make sure Illinois State can stay at the top of its game despite declining state funding.
University officials hope to have a new president in place for the fall semester.
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