Two finalists named for top job at CSU

  • By Peter Sachs
  • Staff Writer
  • March 25, 2009 @ 7:00 AM

From a pool of 35 applications, a search committee at Chicago State University has come up with two finalists for the school's top post.

Carol Adams is Secretary of the Illinois Department of Human Services; Wayne Watson is the outgoing chancellor of the City Colleges of Chicago.

Neither Adams nor Watson could be reached for comment late Tuesday.

Adams was an appointee of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich. She once was the director of Loyola University's American-American Studies department and also served as executive director of Northeastern Illinois University's undergraduate and graduate Center for Inner City Studies, according to a biography.

Watson has been the chancellor of the City Colleges of Chicago since 1998 and held other positions with the community college district for 20 years before that. He announced last fall that he would retire at the end of this school year.

Both candidates will be on campus April 13 and April 14, says CSU spokeswoman Patricia Arnold.

“The students, faculty and staff and other key constituents will have an opportunity to meet them at that time,” she says.

The university’s Board of Trustees will select the next president by the end of June, says the Rev. Richard L. Tolliver, the chairman of the presidential search committee at CSU.

“We had several outstanding candidates and these two people emerged as the two most outstanding,” says Tolliver, who also is the Rector of St. Edmund’s Episcopal Church.




Daily News Staff Writer Peter Sachs covers higher education. He can be reached at 773.362.5002, ext. 18, or peter [at] chitowndailynews [dot] org.