MACOMB, Ill. — After nearly a decade as president, Jack Thomas announced his resignation from Western Illinois University on Friday.
At a Board of Trustees meeting, Thomas said his last day is set for June 30.
“At this pivotal time in our history, I believe the University would best be served by new leadership,” Thomas said. “During my tenure, the University has been challenged in unprecedented ways, and we have weathered recent storms. I am pleased that we made the difficult decisions and implemented the necessary changes to ensure the University’s viability.”
In recent years, enrollment has been down at WIU. The school announced 132 layoffs back in March.
In a statement, Thomas said:
“I wish to thank the board members, faculty, staff and students for all of their support throughout the years. It has been an honor advocating tirelessly for Western Illinois University through my interactions with national and world leaders, governors, legislators, and leaders of multiple constituencies. However, first and foremost, I am grateful for the time I have had as President and Provost in interacting with the great students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members who make up the Western Illinois University family. It is our people who make this University great, and it has been a privilege serving you.”