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ISU's New President Welcomes Students Back to Campus

NORMAL - Illinois State University's next president, Dr. Timothy Flanagan is giving a warm welcome.
 (Lyndsie Schlink--ISU)
(Lyndsie Schlink--ISU)
NORMAL - Excitement is soaring at Illinois State University as more than 20,000 redbirds flock to campus.

While families haul items into residence halls, there's a new face there to shake hands.

"Hi how are you?"

It's ISU’s next president Dr. Timothy Flanagan giving the warm welcome.

"It’s a great day in the lives of families because you get an opportunity to meet parents and students together,” Flanagan explained.

While he and wife Nancy are new to the community, their mission to meet students at move-in is a long standing tradition.

"You see the excitement, the nervousness; the parents are a little teary eyed,” the First Lady explained.

"Especially for a president in the first year, you have to spend a lot of time out of the office interacting with people,” Flanagan added.

That's why the couple is touring residence halls, starting conversations, and putting students at ease.

"I didn't expect it at all.  But, I think it's neat at least he comes around, and gets to meet people,” said Freshman Tom Steinbach.

"We want them to be safe, we want them to be happy, and we want them to graduate,” added Flanagan.  “Ideally, we want them to graduate in four years.”

The Flanagan's say, expect to see them on campus as they learn more about the school and the people in it.

"I am absolutely confident that there will not be two days that are the same and there will never be a dull moment, said Flanagan.  “That's what makes the job exciting.”

Dr. Flanagan comes from Framingham State University in Massachusetts.

Thursday, he takes over as Illinois State University's 18th President.

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