HaineFloorShot6SPRINGFIELD, IL – The months-long dispute between the Senate and Governor Pat Quinn over the Southern Illinois University board of trustees has ended with the appointment of two individuals with strong ties to the Edwardsville campus.

“I appreciate the governor taking our input and working with us to find these appointees,” State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) said. “I am confident that the board will soon be able to resume its role representing each of SIU’s campuses,”

After working with Haine and other lawmakers, Quinn filed the appointments with the Senate on Friday. The new appointees are retired Maj. Gen. Randal Thomas, a SIUE alumnus and former SIUE professor Shirley Portwood, who taught history for 30 years.

“Maj. Gen. Thomas and professor Portwood are people of distinction and service who will fulfill the mission of the board by promoting the growth and success of the university as a whole,” Haine said.

The dispute over the SIU board began when Quinn removed three trustees who represented the Edwardsville campus. The Senate rejected all of his replacements, none of whom had ties to SIUE.

These appointments now go to the Senate for approval. A third board position is still vacant.

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