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Brady pledges support for new university president       Send a link to a friend

Monday it was announced by the board of trustees at Illinois State University that Dr. Al Bowman will be named president of the university.

I want to extend my congratulations to Al and Linda Bowman on being selected for such a prestigious and important position. Not only have they given over two decades of service to Illinois State University, its students and faculty, they have the institutional knowledge that will help forward the university at this time.

In my 12 years in the Illinois General Assembly, I have been pleased to have worked with four university presidents, each of them fitting the unique role and providing a unique form of leadership at the necessary time. I firmly believe that there is no one better suited to fill the role of presidency at Illinois State University than Dr. Al Bowman.


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At this time, he possesses the skills necessary to enhance and motivate the faculty. He has the determination to recruit top-quality students and challenge them to meet their highest potential. He has the ability to ask people who have benefited from Illinois State University to invest in its future through contributions to its endowments.

We are struggling under very difficult times financially, and it is critical that we have leadership like Al Bowman and the rest of the administration and faculty on the campus at Illinois State University.

I pledge my full support in working with Dr. Bowman as he pursues academic excellence and achievement for Illinois State University.

Sen. Bill Brady

(posted Feb. 24, 2004)

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