Office of the President

Presidential Initiatives

President Jack Thomas

Dr. Jack Thomas, President

Sherman Hall 209
Telephone: (309) 298-1824

Academic Year 2013-2014

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
    • Nominated students for Rhodes, Udall and other prestigious scholarship programs.
  • Graduate Studies – 2011-2014
  • Ph. D. in Environmental Science – 2012- 2014
    • Requires Higher Learning Commission approval after IBHE approval before the program is implemented
  • 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 – ongoing
Quad Cities Campus Master Plan
  • Complete Quad Cities Riverfront Campus
    • Phase II Construction – scheduled to open Fall 2014
    • Phase III Planning and Construction – Programming study in progress\
  • Increase Funding for Scholarships for Retention and High Achieving Students – ongoing - 2014
  • Increase the Number of International Agreements and International Students – ongoing
  • Continue to Enhance Marketing to Tell the WIU Story, Including Increased Advertising – ongoing
  • Diversify the Campuses – ongoing
  • Hold President's Roundtable Meetings with faculty – ongoing
  • Host Town Hall Meetings – ongoing
  • Host Annual Legislative Reception in Springfield
  • 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
  • Complete the Higher Values in Higher Education Capital Campaign
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 – started Fall 2011 – ongoing

*contingent upon the release of state funding