Chicago State May Separate from University President After 9 Months

Dr. Thomas Calhoun, Jr. / Chicago State University Website

Chicago State University and its current president, Thomas Calhoun, Jr., may be separating after a Board of Trustees vote Friday.
The university’s Board of Trustees will vote on Calhoun’s separation agreement, according to a meeting agenda posted on Chicago State’s website.
Calhoun joined Chicago State University in January after an Oct. 8 board vote appointed him as the university’s 22nd president and was slated to stay in his position until 2020.
Before coming to Chicago State University, Calhoun served as assistant dean for Student Academic Services at the University of Washington College of Engineering, associate vice president for Academic Affairs at the University of North Alabama, and then vice president for Enrollment Management at that university.
While at the University of North Alabama, Calhoun helped stabilize enrollment — a huge problem for Chicago State where enrollment dropped 33 percent from 5,464 in 2010 to 3,634 in 2015.
The university has not yet released details on the potential separation.


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