Jack Thomas

The Western Illinois University Board of Trustees has held 11 public forums on campus and in the community to gather input about the search for the school's 12th president.

State university officials were grilled by lawmakers Tuesday. At issue is a record of lucrative severance packages for outgoing administrators.


What's Up at WIU ?

Aug 23, 2019

On Midwest Week - a spring and summer of major changes at Western Illinois University, including top administrators and the board of trustees.

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Western Illinois University is bringing new opportunities to the Quad Cities campus.  Today (Thu), officials announced new undergraduate and online programs. 

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Jack Thomas will continue as president of Western Illinois University for at least another year. Friday during a meeting in Macomb, the board of trustees extended his contract, with no change to his salary and benefits.

Long Range Plans for WIU

Feb 28, 2018
WVIK News

Despite the challenges of falling state support, Western Illinois University has ambitious plans for the future. On Tuesday, President Jack Thomas outlined his strategic plan during meetings in Macomb and the Quad Cities.

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One of the many people pleased with Thursday's passage of a new state budget is Jack Thomas. The president of Western Illinois University has spent the last three years lobbying in Springfield for higher education funding, and figuring out ways to cut spending on the campuses in Macomb and the Quad Cities.

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Cutting spending, programs, and jobs - that's how Western Illinois University is trying to survive the two year state budget impasse.

WIU President: We're acting like a private university

Jun 15, 2017
WIU

The president of Western Illinois University says the state budget impasse has forced the school to act like a private university. 

The state of Illinois has gone 18 months without a budget.  And the stop gap spending plan is about to expire with no new deal in sight.

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