Office of the President

Presidential Initiatives

President Jack Thomas

Dr. Jack Thomas, President

Sherman Hall 209
Telephone: (309) 298-1824

To Further Advance Higher Values in Higher Education’s Goals and Priorities

Academic Year 2014-2015

Academic Programs
  • Enhance the Quality of Western Illinois University Academic Programs and Services
  • Honors Program
    • Increase participation in Undergraduate Research Day
    • Nominate students for Rhodes, Udall and other prestigious scholarship programs
Graduate Studies
  • Ph. D. in Environmental Studies
    • Recruiting first year class
    • Ph. D. in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration – for future consideration
    • Ph. D. in Instructional Technology – for future consideration


Macomb Campus Master Plan
  • Begin Construction of Center for the Performing Arts
    • Construct Parking Lot for the Center for the Performing Arts
  • Entryway to Campus
    • Demolish former Cinema building
    • Improve landscaping
  • University Union Renovations – exploring options for Phase II study
  • Analyze Lighting and Security Cameras for Campus
  • Environmental Sustainability
    • Continue to Build LEED Certified Buildings
    • Study of Energy Savings Initiatives on Campus
  • Science Complex (proposed to IBHE)
  • Visual Arts Center – under consideration (proposed to IBHE)
Quad Cities Campus Master Plan
  • Complete Quad Cities Riverfront Campus
    • Phase II – Open for Fall 2014 classes
    • Phase III Design and Construction (proposed to IBHE)
Enrollment Management
  • Increase funding for scholarships for retention and high achieving students – ongoing 
  • Increase the number of international agreements – ongoing
  • Increase international student enrollment – ongoing
  • Increase undergraduate and graduate student enrollment – ongoing
  • Open the St. Louis regional office
  • Continue to enhance marketing to tell the WIU Story, including increased advertising
  • Revise the Western Commitment Scholarship Program
  • Continue to increase the retention from freshman to sophomore
  • Continue to expand linkages programs
Alumni Relations and Development
  • Continue hosting active alumni events
  • Continue meeting with major donors
  • Continue meeting with the President’s National Advisory Council
  • Position the University for successful development efforts
Governmental Relations
  • Host the annual legislative reception in Springfield
  • Visit legislators
  • Provide testimony on budget and other issues affecting higher education
Outreach and Communication
  • Presidential Blog
Campus Collaboration
  • Diversify the Campuses – ongoing
  • Hold President’s Roundtable Meetings with faculty – ongoing
  • Host Town Hall Meetings – ongoing
  • Initiate exploration of new student and financial data systems
  • Manage continued budget and cash flow issues to minimize impacts on students, faculty, and staff, while promoting growth – ongoing
  • Continue to provide budget updates
  • Continue meeting with campus governance groups
Professional Development
  • Continue to Support Faculty Travel Awards – ongoing
  • Retention of Faculty and Staff – ongoing
  • Enhance Technology for Faculty and Staff – ongoing
  • Long Term Planning Committee – ongoing
  • Strategic Enrollment – ongoing

*contingent upon the release of state funding