SPRINGFIELD, IL – Major Gen. Randal Thomas was unanimously elected chairman of Southern Illinois University’s Board of Trustees on Thursday during the board’s first full meeting since January.
Thomas and another appointee Shirley Portwood, recently approved by the Senate, filled two of the three vacancies left on the board since the beginning of the year.
“Congratulation to Maj. Gen. Thomas; under his leadership I am confident that board will guide these great institutions into a renewed period of growth,” State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) said.
“His unanimous election shows that the board is united in their mission to promote all of Southern University’s outstanding campuses.”
One board seat is still vacant and awaits an appointee.