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Todd Bryson, interim associate chancellor for diversity and director of the Student Multicultural Resource Center—Bryson is representing the Administrative and Professional Staff Council on the search committee. He has deep roots in Carbondale and is an SIU Carbondale alumnus with a master’s degree in recreation, 2008. He has been involved in multiple retention initiatives for at-risk students and 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.

Elizabeth Cheek, administrative aide for Plant & Service Operations—Cheek is representing the Civil Service Council on the search committee. Elizabeth has worked for Plant & Service Operations for 19 years. She is a SIU Carbondale alum with an Associate in Applied Science in Radiologic Technology, 1999. She is currently completing her final semester towards her bachelor’s degree in University Studies and is expected to graduate in May 2020. Elizabeth has served on the Civil Service Council for eighteen years, where she is currently the Vice President. She is an active campus member, as well as actively gives back to the Southern Illinois region.

Saran Donahoo, professor and chair in the Department of Educational Administration and Higher Education and director of the college student personnel program and the doctoral program—Donahoo is representing the Graduate Council on the search committee. Her recent research examines connections between hair, identity, careers and postsecondary education. Her professional activities focus on helping students to navigate campus life, complete their degrees and transition into their careers successfully.

Eduardo Gastal, professor and researcher in animal sciences—Gastal represents the research scientists on this committee. He is specialized in reproductive physiology and endocrinology and uses livestock (e.g., mares, cows and small ruminants) as research experimental models for comparative studies of ovarian function, obesity and aging in women. As a faculty member, he teaches several courses in animal sciences. He is a well-published researcher and has several international collaborations and MOUs with South American universities.

Boyd Goodson, professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and acting associate dean for the College of Science—Goodson represents the research faculty on the chancellor search advisory committee. Goodson’s research concerns nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and magnetic resonance imaging, with a particular emphasis on hyperpolarized agents for in vivo molecular imaging. Goodson has co-authored ~80 scholarly articles, ~5 patents and ~130 conference presentations, has given ~50 invited talks, and has received external funding of ~$5.4M.

Vivian Hardison, Assistant Director of Disability Support Services—Hardison represents the SIU Diversity Council. She also serves on SalukiCares providing guidance and interventions for students with disabilities. She holds a Master’s in Rehabilitation Administration and a Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling from SIU Carbondale. As a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, she is passionate about ensuring the civil rights of students with disabilities. Her research and presentation interest centers around Latinos with disabilities and the cultural competency of disability services providers.

Constantine J. Hatziadoniu, professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering—Hatziadoniu has served SIU Carbondale for more than 32 years as a scholar and a teacher with numerous contributions in his field of expertise. He is one of the Faculty Senate representatives on the search committee.

John “Mike” Henry, mayor, City of Carbondale (2nd term)—Henry represents the community for the search committee. After graduating from SIU Carbondale in 1972 with a degree in electrical engineering, he founded and still owns Henry Printing Inc. and raised his three sons in Carbondale. He is firmly committed to our great university and has worked to foster a solid and mutually beneficial relationship between the city and the university. He understands that the selection of the next chancellor of the Carbondale campus is critical to not only the success of the campus but of the entire region.

Karen Jones, chair of Plant, Soil and Agricultural Systems and professor of animal science—Jones is responsible for three academic majors within the College of Agricultural Sciences. She chairs the SIU Carbondale Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, serves on the board for the Non-land-grant Agricultural and Renewable Resources Universities and is past president of Kiwanis Club of Carbondale. She is representing the Graduate Council on this search committee.

Seung-Hee Lee, professor (Judge William Cook Professor) in Fashion Design and Merchandising—Lee represents the Faculty Senate on this search committee. She has received numerous ‘best paper awards’ at national and international conferences, three college-level “Scholar of the Year” awards (2016, 2017, 2018 at College of Applied Science & Arts, SIU Carbondale), and two university-level “Distinguished Researcher of the Year” awards. She has served on the editorial board for more than 10 journals and as a reviewer for more than 30 international journals.

Véronique Maisier, professor in the College of Liberal Arts—Maisier represents the Faculty Association on the Chancellor Search Committee. She teaches French language, literature and culture in the Department of Languages, Cultures and International Trade. She has 29 years of experience in higher education and has served on college, university and professional committees.

Scott Moller, principal at AKA Media, Chicago—Moller is representing the SIU Alumni Association. He founded and then led Marketing Werks, a consumer products marketing services company, for 26 years. He earned both a bachelor’s degree in communications and MBA degree from SIU Carbondale. Moller has served on many not-for-profit boards, oversees the Moller Family Foundation, and currently serves on the SIU Foundation and SIU Alumni Association boards.

Marc Morris, associate professor and interim director of the School of Accountancy in the College of Business—Morris is serving as chair of the Chancellor Search Advisory Committee. Dr. Morris earned his Ph.D., M.B.A. and undergraduate degrees from SIU Carbondale. After a time in private practice, he served as director of financial planning and administration for Cook County in Chicago and senior financial analyst and compliance officer for Siemens-ICN in Boca Raton, Florida.

Colton Newlin, president of the Undergraduate Student Government—Newlin is the representative for all undergraduate students at SIU with a constituency of nearly 7,000 individuals and a financial stake of nearly $200,000. He is a senior from Marion, Illinois, studying psychology with a pre-saw specialization.

Olusegun (Segun) Ojewuyi, professor and interim chair of the Department of Theater— Ojewuyi represents the Faculty Senate on the chancellor search committee. He received his degrees from Nigeria and Yale University. He is a Carnegie African Diaspora Fellow and an Alumni Fellow of the Salzburg Seminar. He was Chair of the College of Liberal Arts Council and the University Fine Arts Activity Fees Committee. Currently serves on the budget and planning committee and is the president of the Faculty Senate.

Matthew Solverson, director of R&D programs at General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems (GD-OTS)—Solverson is representing the SIU Foundation on the Search Advisory Committee. He is a defense industry professional, serving in the fields of engineering, business development and program leadership. He is based at the GD-OTS Munitions Systems facility located in Marion, Ilinois. Solverson received his undergraduate degree from SIU Carbondale and is active in the Southern Illinois community.

April Teske, associate clinical professor in the College of Education and Human Services—Teske represents the Faculty Senate on the chancellor search committee. She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from SIU Carbondale and has more than 25 years of experience in P-12 and higher education as a teacher, administrator and, for the last six years, the assessment coordinator in the Office of Teacher Education and an instructor in the education core courses.

Woody Thorne, vice president of community affairs & chief development officer for Southern Illinois Healthcare, a not-for-profit, integrated health care system serving Southern Illinois—Thorne is serving as a community representative on the search committee. He provides direction for the organization’s community health improvement, grants and philanthropic development efforts, economic developmen, and regional emergency preparedness. He attended Southern Illinois University Carbondale, receiving a bachelor’s degree in business administration as well as an MSEd. He and his wife, Rita, reside in Makanda, Illinois.

Lindy Wagner, Communication Studies doctoral student—Wagner is the vice president of Graduate School Affairs for the Graduate and Professional Student Council (GPSC), the group she represents. She is the graduate assistant for the Office of the Associate Chancellor for Diversity and served as a graduate teaching assistant for the Department of Communication Studies. She worked in higher education twelve years previously to being a full-time student here and is an associate for the Sustained Dialogue Institute.

Andy Wang, dean and professor of the SIU Carbondale College of Applied Sciences and Arts (CASA)—Wang has more than 30 years of experience in higher education. Under his leadership, CASA had an 11.17 percent increase in enrollment from 2012 to 2019, 20 percent higher retention rate, and 25 percent higher 6-year graduation rate comparing to the university average for the student cohort entering fall 2012 and completing 2018. He is representing the Deans Council on the search committee.

Cherie Watson, assistant professor of practice in Library Affairs—Watson represents the NTT Faculty Association on the chancellor search advisory committee. She is the outreach and instruction librarian for Morris Library, working with students and faculty across the campus. Watson also works with regional high schools, bringing their students to the SIU Carbondale campus through the Preview Research Experience. She recently served as a faculty senator and officer and is an active campus and Carbondale community member.

Anna Wilcoxen, Ph.D. student in Communication Studies and long-time resident of Carbondale with multiple degrees from SIU—Wilcoxen is the assistant technical director in the Kleinau Theatre and an instructor of undergraduate core curriculum. Their scholarship focuses on working-class academics and the student loan crisis. Wilcoxen is also the president of Graduate Assistants United, the graduate student union on campus, and is on this committee as a representative of that organization.

Kari M. Wolf, M.D., chair, Department of Psychiatry, SIU School of Medicine—Wolf is representing the School of Medicine. She joined SIU in 2016. Her career has focused on developing and expanding health professions’ educational programs (medical students, psychologists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, psychopharmacologists and psychiatry residents and fellows), developing new and innovative systems of mental health care, and health policy development.


Jim Allen, Acting Vice President for Academic Affairs—Allen first served in this position for two years (2015-17) before returning in 2019. Prior to his work as SIU’s senior academic officer, he was Associate Provost for Academic Programs for five years (2011-16), Director of the University Core Curriculum for twelve years (1999-2010), and a professor of history for more than 28 years on the SIU Carbondale campus (1991-2019). Whatever the job, Dr. Allen focused on ensuring the quality of student learning.

Matt Baughman, Chief of Staff—Baughman has served as chief of staff at SIU Carbondale since August 2013, acting as a liaison to the board of trustees, the system office and the vice chancellors. He also oversees the offices of equity and compliance, Head Start, WSIU, and events and protocol. Baughman spent 15 years working for the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute and previously had worked for Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar on a fellowship program. A native of Springfield, Baughman holds a bachelor’s degree from Illinois College and an MBA from SIU Carbondale. He and his wife, Angie, reside in Carbondale with sons Alex and Josh.

John S. Jackson, Professor of Political Science, Emeritus at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and currently a Visiting Professor at the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute—A native of Waldo, Arkansas, Jackson holds the Ph.D. in Political Science from Vanderbilt University, the M. A. from Baylor University, and a B. A. from Ouachita Baptist University. Jackson has held numerous leadership positions during his career of fifty years at SIU. These included: President of the Faculty Senate, Associate Dean and Acting Dean of the Graduate School, Associate Dean and Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost, and Interim Chancellor.