Office of the President

Higher Values in Higher Education: Presidential Initiatives and Goals

President Jack Thomas

Dr. Jack Thomas, President

Sherman Hall 209
Telephone: (309) 298-1824

Academic Year 2012-2013


Higher Values in Higher Education (2012-2022): Western Illinois University will be the leader in educational quality, opportunity, and affordability among regional public universities.

By enacting our core values, we will achieve our goals. These are all priorities stated in the Western Illinois University Strategic Plan, Higher Values in Higher Education: 2012-2022.

Higher Values in Higher Education: Presidential Planning Initiatives

University Growth and Recruitment

  • Enhance WIU’s reputation as an accessible and accountable institution
  • Increase external funding and private fundraising


  • Enhance the Quality of Western Illinois University Programs and Services in general
  • Honors Program – 2011-2014
    • Continue to increase participation in Undergraduate Research Day
    • Continue to nominate students for prestigious scholarship programs.
  • Ph. D. in Environmental Science – 2012-2014
    • Will submit program to the Board of Trustees and IBHE – Academic Year 2012-2013
  • Ph. D. in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration – for future consideration         
  • Bachelor in Pharmacy – for future consideration

Macomb Campus Master Plan

  • Complete Performing Arts Center
    • Parking Plan – Summer 2012
    • Bidding Document Phase Completion – August 2012
    • LEED Design Submission & Approval of Bid Documents – September 2012
    • Bidding & Award Periods – January 2013
    • Construction –  March 2013-April 2015
    • Move-in – August 2015
  • Beautify Entrance to Campus by Creating a Welcome Center and Enhanced Signage – 2012-2013
    • Will review other options since the Former Cinema Building has been determined unsuitable for a welcome center due to structural issues – 2012-2013
  • Renovate Three-Dimensional Art Facility (Heating Plant Annex) – Summer 2012
  • Upgrade and Build Heating Plant – under consideration (proposed to IBHE)
  • Build Science Complex – under consideration (proposed to IBHE)
    • Health Center/Nursing Center – under consideration
  • Build Visual Arts Center – under consideration (proposed to IBHE)
  • Begin Phase I of the University Union Renovations

Quad Cities Campus Master Plan

  • Complete Quad Cities Riverfront Campus
    • Phase II Construction – Spring 2012 – Fall 2014
      • Groundbreaking Scheduled for August 29, 2012
    • Phase III Planning and Construction – Contingent Upon the Release of Previously Appropriated State Funds
      • May require passage of new Capital Bill


  • Increase Funding for Scholarships for Retention and High Achieving Students – ongoing – 2014
    • WIU will continue 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
    • WIU-QC will pilot an honors cohort for fall 2012. As part of this cohort, students are eligible for the new Western Commitment Scholarship.
  • Increase the Number of International Agreements and International Students – ongoing – 2013
  • Enhance Marketing to Tell the WIU Story, Including Increased Advertising – ongoing
  • Enhance Diversity Across the Campuses

Professional Development

  • Continue to Support Faculty Travel Awards – ongoing
  • Retain Faculty and Staff – ongoing
  • Enhance Technology for Faculty and Staff – ongoing


  • Master Plan – ongoing
  • Strategic Enrollment – ongoing

*contingent upon the release of state funding