UW–Platteville chancellor Dennis Shields apparently will not be the next president of Chicago State University.
Chicago State announced Thursday that its trustees had chosen Dr. Thomas J. Calhoun, vice president for enrollment management at the University of North Alabama, as its 22nd president, replacing the retiring Wayne D. Watson.
Calhoun was chosen over Shields, UW–Platteville’s chancellor since 2010, and Jerry Blakemore, vice president and general counsel of Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Ill.
Calhoun, Shields and Blakemore were the three finalists out of 38 applicants for the position, 12 of whom were interviewed in August, according to the Chicago State website.
Chicago State’s website says that CSU, whose enrollment is about 7,000, is “unique among universities in Illinois in that it serves a nontraditional population,” including “many” first-generation students and many students trying to advance from an hourly job to a career. The average CSU student is 31 and has one child.
Chicago State’s faculty approved a no-confidence resolution against Watson in November, according to the Chicago Reader. Watson and CSU general counsel Patrick Cage are being sued in federal court by two CSU professors who claim Watson and Cage are waging an “ongoing campaign to silence” the professors’ “criticisms over how the University is run” on the professors’ CSU Faculty Voice blog.