REALITY CHECK: New SIU President takes different leadership approach
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS) -- The University of Southern Illinois officially has a new acting president. Dr. Kevin Dorsey was named interim president this week, replacing Randy Dunn.
"There are wounds that I think people may be suffering and I need to see what I can do to get those healed and have us working together," Dorsey said. "I think we are going to be stronger together."
University trustees blasted President Dunn last month for attempting to shift more than $5.1 million state dollars from the Carbondale campus to the growing Edwardsville campus. It's a move Carbondale leaders say would hurt the campus and impact jobs.
Inter-office emails released under the Freedom of Information Act shows that Dunn also pushed to dissolve the university system as a whole.
"If the implementation causes the success of one, to the downfall of another, that is not success," Dorsey said. "We're a family here. We don't give all the food to one kid and let another one starve. It's just not who we are."
Dunn will receive $215,000 in severance pay.
Dorsey told News Channel 20 that his first goal is to listen.
"Lets find out what the real issues are," Dorsey said. "Get people in the same room and see if we can collaborate to see if we can make the whole equal to the sum of its parts."