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WIU interm president remains in place after Pritzker removes board members

MACOMB (WGEM) — Western Illinois University’s interim president, Dr. Martin Abraham will be staying in place for at least the next three months.

Thursday’s WIU Board of Trustees meeting to discuss a new university president was canceled at the last minute because not enough members showed up.

WGEM News has learned that Governor J.B. Pritzker has removed trustees Nick Padgett and Jackie Thompson.

In addition to Padgett and Thompson two other board members were unable to make Thursday’s  meeting due to personal reasons. This resulted in the board not having a quorum according to Darcie Shinberger, Executive Director of University Communications.

The governor’s office didn’t reveal a specific reason but issued a statement saying it was in the best interest of WIU to go in a different direction and that additional appointees would be named soon.

Pritzker had recently replaced the entire board of trustees in March.

The next trustees meeting is set for October 3rd and 4th.

Interim president Martin Abraham will continue in his current role until further notice.

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Jim Roberts

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