CHARLESTON -- It's only 144 miles from Bradley University to Eastern Illinois University: For David Glassman, it's a short drive to a big transition.
Glassman, 61, was named the 12th official president of Eastern on Monday. Glassman, currently provost at Bradley, will take over on June 1. He signed a five-year contract with a base salary of $290,000 and a $32,289 annual housing allowance.
Search Committee Chairman Joe Dively said Glassman was selected from among 200 candidates. Glassman's enthusiasm for the university, knowledge of Illinois and experience at both private and public institutions made the right choice clear, Dively said.
"(Glassman) came with a very deep understanding of Eastern Illinois University, our very many strengths and then the challenges that we face," he said.
The announcement comes just weeks after Gov. Bruce Rauner proposed cuts of more than 30 percent from state appropriations for universities, meaning colleges could become more reliant on tuition income. Working at a private institution such as Bradley means Glassman has experience in a school 85 percent funded by tuition.
Glassman said he'll make the importance of higher education known to the Legislature.
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"Accountability, affordability is something we need to maintain," he said. "And ... we need to be the strongest advocates possible for higher education in Springfield."
Before going to Bradley in 2010, he was dean of the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville.
Glassman said he was drawn to campus by the passion he saw from the students and faculty members during his on-campus interview.
He said he will focus on raising enrollment, a challenge for all universities, he said, that will take a specific plan to mold the university's strengths into a marketing and branding image.
"The experience that we have here at Eastern is second to none," Glassman said, "and that's something that the people of Illinois and our surrounding communities and the collar states, need to know, and we have to take that out and we have to show them just what it is to have the Eastern experience."
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