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Laurie Achenbach, Dean of the College of Science – Dr. Achenbach is representing the academic Deans and serving as Chair on this search committee. As a Professor of microbiology, she is interested in bacterial genetics and the regulatory mechanisms controlling bioremediation in contaminated environments. She has traveled the world studying bacteria in a variety of interesting locations including Iceland and the Antarctic.

Xiaoxin Wang Beardsley, Acting Chair, Associate Professor and Hamilton Family Faculty Fellow in Finance – Beardsley researches market microstructure and investments, from market liquidity, portfolio optimization, IPOs and mutual funds to high frequency trading and short selling. Beardsley has won multiple teaching awards at the College of Business and is the 2011 CoB recipient of the SIU Excellence through Commitment Outstanding Teacher Award. For the last two years, Beardsley co-advised the Saluki Student Investment Fund and the Graduate Student Investment Fund.

Jason P Bond, Professor of Plant Health in the College of Agricultural Sciences – Dr. Bond is the Director of the Illinois Soybean Center at SIUC, and his research and teaching program focuses on disease management in row crops in the Midwest. He is the Advisor for the Agronomy Society, an RSO that provides opportunities for undergraduates and graduate students to grow in leadership and professional development.

Daniel Booth, Principal at Carbondale Community High School – Mr. Booth is representing the Carbondale community on this search committee. He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from SIUC and has been an educator at Carbondale Community High School for the past 11 school years, the last six as the building principal.

Nate Brown – a community representative holding two degrees from SIUC. Originally from Chester, Illinois, Brown is a litigator at Weilmuenster & Keck, P.C. in Belleville, Illinois, primarily representing individuals in state and federal courts across the country on matters concerning civil rights or healthcare quality. While a student, Brown was elected Undergraduate Student Government president and student trustee. He further served in an assistantship role in the Office of the Chancellor focused on issues of student engagement and ensuring access to excellent public higher education.

Todd Bryson – Assistant Director of University Housing and Director of the Student Multicultural Resource Center – Mr. Bryson is representing the Diversity Council on the search committee. He has deep roots in Carbondale and is a SIUC alumnus, Master’s degree in Recreation, 2008. He is often mentoring and communicating with a diverse group of students, their parents and the campus community – always learning from his interactions and striving to make a positive difference.

Deborah L. Burris, Clinical Associate Professor, Office of Teacher Education, College of Education and Human Services – Representing the faculty, Burris is a Southern Illinois native and an SIUC graduate - BM, MM and PhD. She served as Professor and Chair of Music Education, Conservatory of Music, Baldwin-Wallace University and returned to SIUC in 1999 to the Office of Teacher Education. She has presented at national and state conventions focusing on music and learning, and has served as a Teacher Education Accreditation Program Reviewer for the Illinois State Board of Education since the 1980s.

Judith Davie, Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine – Davie is President of the Faculty Senate and a past Chair of Graduate Council. Her research interests include skeletal muscle biology and the pediatric cancer, rhabdomyosarcoma, which originates from skeletal muscle. Her lab studies the growth and repair of skeletal muscle and the factors that drive oncogenic growth of rhabdomyosarcoma tumors to develop novel therapeutics for this cancer.

Johnathan Flowers, represents Graduate Assistants United in his role as President. A three degree alumna of SIU, Flowers also holds a Graduate Certificate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Flowers is currently a Ph.D Candidate in the Department of Philosophy. Since beginning his graduate career at SIUC, Flowers has taught for the Departments of Philosophy; Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; and Education Administration and Higher Education. Flowers has also presented regularly at academic conferences across the country on issues in East Asian Philosophy, Philosophy of Race, Feminism, and critical approaches to popular culture.

Wayne Glass, Director of the SIUC Office of Sponsored Projects Administration – Glass is responsible for the administration of the University’s portfolio of more than $75 million in sponsored projects. Mr. Glass has more than 35 years of experience in higher education, NGOs, industry and government. He is representing the Administrative & Professional Staff Council on the search committee.

Ben Handler, Vice President of Undergraduate Student Government – Ben is representing the Undergraduate Student Body on this committee. In his junior year in the Aviation Management program, Ben stays involved on campus through multiple committees and organizations such as Student Alumni Council and Aviation Management Society in addition to his role in student government.

Andrea Imre, Associate Professor in Library Affairs – represents the Faculty Senate on the chancellor search committee. In her work and research she focuses on electronic resource management, collection assessment, and scholarly communication. She has held leadership positions in national and regional professional associations, served on a wide range of college and university committees, and is the Past President of the SIUC Faculty Senate.

Vicki Kreher, Senior Lecturer in the School of Journalism, represents the Non-Tenure Track Faculty Association – a two-degree alumna, Kreher began teaching at SIUC after a long, successful career in media business. Since joining SIUC, she and her students started the student lifestyle magazine, UNleashed. She continues to enjoy working with students on projects that prepare them for the next phases of their lives. In 2013, she received an MBA with a specialization in Management Information Systems, which she considers the perfect complement to her work experience and crucial to understanding today's rapidly-evolving media industry.

Olusegun Ojewuyi, Associate Professor and Head of Directing in the Theater department – Dr. Ojewuyi is representing the Faculty Association. His work as a theater director has been in major theaters in Europe, the Caribbean, America, the Mediterranean and Africa, winning a string of prestigious academic and professional awards. His body of work includes the major playwrights of world drama. He is a Carnegie African Diaspora Fellow 2016/2017.

Julie Partridge, Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology – Dr.Partridge is representing the Graduate Council on this search committee. Her research is focused on peer and parent influences on motivation in various forms of sport & physical activity, and the effects of self-directed emotions such as shame on motor performance.

Barb Shiplett, PT, PhD, Coordinator of Physical Therapy Services – Dr. Shiplett is representing civil service employees on the search committee. She has taught health education, physical therapy and served as a clinical instructor for students in both PT and PTA programs. Shiplett’s research interests include falls prevention and overweight/obesity in college students. She is currently developing a program for overweight/obese students on the SIU campus. As a physical therapist she is interested in chronic pain and orthopedic conditions.

Matt Solverson, Director of Marketing and Business Development at General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems – Marion, Illinois. Mr. Solverson is a SIU Alumnus; Bachelor of Science in Engineering, 1986, and resides in Carbondale. He is in his second term serving on the SIU Foundation Board of Directors, and also serves on the SIU College of Engineering Dean’s Advisory Board.

Naomi Tolbert, Student Trustee – Naomi is representing undergraduate and graduate students on this search committee. She is interested in representing the opinions held by students regarding the selection of a permanent chancellor. As an undergraduate, she double majors in Political Science with a specialization in International Affairs and International Studies with a focus area in the Middle East and Northern Africa.

Tomás Velasco, Associate Professor in the Department of Technology, College of Engineering – Velasco is the Chair of the Graduate Council. He teaches, and his research interests are in the areas of quality, reliability, and artificial intelligence applied to industrial environments.

Brandon Woudenberg J.D., President of, and representing, the Graduate & Professional Student Council on this search committee. As an M.P.A. student and recent law school graduate, Brandon's academic interests center around ways to further bridge the gap presented to indigent populations, and public interest law at large. He was instrumental in helping petition and create the SIU School of Law's newly created specialization in public interest law.

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