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ISU President announces resignation

Written by on February 15, 2023

Story edits made as of 3:12 p.m. on 2/15/23

NORMAL, Ill. – After a year and a half of service at Illinois State University, Dr. Terri Goss Kinzy has announced her resignation as President of Illinois State University.

The Board of Trustees announced that Dr. Kinzy announced her resignation on Feb. 14 and her resignation will be voted on at the regularly scheduled Board of Trustees meeting at 2 p.m. on Feb. 17.

Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Aondover Tarhule will step into the role of interim president. Provost Tarhule will remain in the interim president role until June 30, 2024.

Dr. Kinzy was appointed to her term of president on May 14, 2021 and served as the University’s 20th president.

Per the University’s separation agreement with Dr. Kinzy she will receive an additional 20 weeks pay, unused vacation time and continue to reside in the University Residence despite her resignation only 21 months into her term as president.

In a university-wide email to students and faculty, Dr. Kinzy shared her gratitude for fulfilling her position.

“It has been an honor to serve the Illinois State University community as its 20th President,” stated Dr. Kinzy. “I have enjoyed the opportunity to engage with Illinois State students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends and being a part of this thriving academic community. At this time, I intend to pursue other opportunities.”

Previous to her term as president Dr. Kinzy served as Vice President for Research and Innovation at Western Michigan University after a decorated 25-year career in academia.

Secretary of the Board of Trustees, Kathy Bohn, stated her gratitude towards Dr. Kinzy’s service.

“On behalf of the Board, we would like to thank Dr. Kinzy for her contributions during her times as President and wish her continued success in her next endeavor.”

No reason has been given for Dr. Kinzy’s resignation at this time.