Office of the President

Presidential Accomplishments Academic Year 2012-2013

Presidential Initiatives further advance Higher Values in Higher Education’s goals and priorities.

Academic Programs

  • Enhance the Quality of Western Illinois University Academic Programs and Services in general
  • Honors Program – 2011-2014
    • Increase participation in Undergraduate Research Day – ongoing
    • Nominated students for Rhodes, Udall and other prestigious scholarship programs. This past year WIU had its first Truman Scholarship finalist and a Fulbright Scholar.
  • Graduate Studies – 2011-2014
    • Completed Noel-Levitz review of graduate admissions and implemented changes.
    • Completed a search for a new Assistant Director
  • Ph. D. in Environmental Science – 2012- 2014
    • Requires Higher Learning Commission approval after IBHE approval before the program is implemented (IBHE approved August 2013)
  • Ph. D. in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration – for future consideration
  • Ph. D. in Instructional Technology – for future consideration


Macomb Campus Master Plan
  • Complete Performing Arts Center
    • Design completed, release of funds expected with next bond authorization
  • Entryway to Campus – Summer 2013
    • Review other options since the former cinema building is unsuitable for a welcome center due to structural issues – ongoing
  • Utility Infrastructure
    • Heating Plant – under consideration (proposed to IBHE)
    • Science Complex – revise study (proposed to IBHE)
    • Visual Arts Center – under consideration (proposed to IBHE)
  • University Union Renovations – in progress
  • Completed renovation to Thompson Hall, Corbin, and Olson Halls
  • Opened the 3-D Arts Center – Fall 2012
  • University Union Renovations – ongoing
  • Installed new Alumni House Signage (donations) – Fall 2012
  • Received Memorial Garden funding (donations) – Spring 2013
  • Reallocated funding to support:
    • Classroom renovations
    • Demolition of the Heating Plant smokestack, bag house and tipper building
    • Campus beautification projects
    • Brophy Plaza
    • Vince Grady sidewalk and lighting
    • Knoblauch HVAC
    • Sherman and Simpkins lighting upgrades
Quad Cities Campus Master Plan
  • Complete Quad Cities Riverfront Campus
  • Phase II Construction – scheduled to open Fall 2014
  • Groundbreaking held Fall 2012
  • Phase III Planning and Construction – Programming study in progress


  • Increase Funding for Scholarships for Retention and High Achieving Students – ongoing -2014
    • The University awarded over $4.6 million in scholarship support.
    • WIU continued to be the earliest Illinois public institution to send financial aid award notifications to new students in an attempt to allow those students to make timely and informed educational choices
    • Continued the Western Commitment Scholarship Program in order to award students with excellent academic ability and demonstrated achievement in high school by offering 4-year scholarships towards the cost of attendance at Western Illinois University.
    • 44 students accepted Centennial Honors Scholarships. These scholarships are offered to high school students with an ACT score of 32 or higher (top 1 percent of test-takers in the nation), and a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. Scholarship recipients were recognized at a special reception in May 2013.
    • WIU continues to be the earliest Illinois public institution to send financial aid award notifications to new students in an attempt to allow those students to make timely and informed educational choices
  • Increase the Number of International Agreements and International Students – ongoing
    • Visited nine embassies in Washington, D.C. in Fall 2013, including: South Korea, Japan, Peru, China, Ecuador, Brazil, Botswana, Thailand, and Chile.
    • WIU participated in a Higher Education Trade Mission to China in May 2013 as a result of the University’s increased presence in international education
    • WIU continued to travel internationally, strengthening our international relationship with institutions in various countries.
    • Ten Royal Thai Scholars began their studies at Western Illinois University in February 2013. The King of Thailand supports these students. Up to 20 more students are expected in Fall 2013. The dignitaries were hosted at a special reception at the President’s Residence.
    • Members of the Botswana Embassy, including the Ambassador, visited WIU in April 2013. The dignitaries were hosted at a special reception at the President’s Residence.
  • Continue to Enhance Marketing to Tell the WIU Story, Including Increased Advertising – ongoing
    • Developed new 15 and 30 second commercials for use with television and movie theaters
    • New banners for campus were purchased and installed
    • Western logo was painted on the water tower
    • Continued to promote Think Purple through billboards, clings, and neon signs
    • Utilized the talents of our students for the Holiday card and the Holiday video
  • Diversify the Campuses – ongoing
  • Hold President’s Roundtable Meetings with faculty – ongoing
  • Host Town Hall Meetings – ongoing
    • Host Annual Legislative Reception in Springfield
  • Held a Legislative Reception in Springfield in April 2013. The reception was very well attended. This reception will become an annual event.
  • Initiate exploration of new student and financial data systems
  • Manage continued budget and cash flow issues to minimize impacts on students, faculty, and staff - ongoing
  • Requested comprehensive update of the Institutional Strategic Plan for Technology
  • Raised $57 million toward our goal of $60 million for the Higher Values in Higher Education campaign.
    • Recorded planned gift valued at $4.1 million that will support the College of Business & Technology
    • Sold our largest Charitable Gift Annuity ever - $100,000 to an alumnus
    • WIU-QC has 19 scholarship award funds totaling $449,000 and distributed $65,000 in awards to 70 individuals in academic year 2012-2013. WIU-QC also hosted its first minority scholarship appeal in spring 2013.

Professional Development

  • Continue to Support Faculty Travel Awards – ongoing
    • Provided 109 grants worth $68,355 through the Provost Travel Award, to provide assistance to faculty doing research beyond their departments and colleges
    • Overall, approximately $600,000 was spent to support faculty travel and professional activity
  • Retention of Faculty and Staff* – ongoing
  • 218 WIU faculty (Unit A & B) and ASPs received PAA Awards totaling $308,430
  • Enhance Technology for Faculty and Staff – ongoing
  • $170,000 was distributed to the Colleges and the Library to address technology needs.
  • $16,000 was given to uTech to address technology needs related to the electronic classrooms.
  • One Time Funds were given to:
    • Purchase Smart Boards in the College of Arts and Sciences
    • Assist with the purchase of a Lithography Press in the College of Fine Arts and Communication
    • Upgrade classrooms in Simpkins 214, Stipes 506, Stipes 201, Memorial 338, and Memorial 339.
  • Due to the recent change in the Computer Technology Fee policy, 128 computers that are being replaced in uTech open computer labs have been distributed to the Colleges for use in discipline specific computer labs.


  • Long Term Planning Committee – ongoing
    • Report will be written and implementation planned by the President’s Leadership Team and Board in Summer 2013.
  • Master Plan – approved December 2012
  • Strategic Enrollment – started Fall 2011 – ongoing
    • Completed the first year of the Building Connections Mentoring Program

 *contingent upon the release of state funding