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Acting President for WIU


The provost and academic vice president at Western Illinois University has been promoted. On Monday, Martin Abraham officially began serving as Acting President of the university, until an interim president can be chosen. 

Trustees approved Abraham's appointment as acting president at their meeting on June 14. And they're expected to discuss the next steps at a board retreat next week to appoint a longer-term interim president.   

Before coming to Macomb, he served as a professor of civil, environmental, and chemical engineering at Youngstown State University since 2007. Previously, he was provost and vice president for academic affairs at Youngstown from 2015-2018. 

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.