Brett Blume

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (KMOX) –  Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville has its first new chancellor in eight years.

She’s Dr. Julie Furst-Bowe, introduced during a ceremony Thursday by SIU president Glenn Poshard.

“She has been the keynote speaker and presenter at numerous national, regional and state educational conferences on quality enhancement in higher education,” Poshard announced.

Furst-Bowe comes to her new post at SIUE from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, where she’s been serving as the provost and vice-chancellor for academic and student affairs.

She received her undergraduate degrees from the University of Wisconsin system and her doctorate degree in education from the University of Minnesota.

“She has an extensive research and writing background,” Poshard told those gathered at the Morris University Center.

A 16-member search committee conducted a nationwide survey to find the next leader for SIU-Edwardsville, accepting 40 applications and whittling that down to 4 finalists who went through an exhaustive two-day round of interviews with up to 30 university personnel.

“I was really attracted to SIUE because of its reputation as an up-and-coming institution, because of its reputation for quality academic programs,” Furst-Bowe explained.

“The campus is absolutely beautiful and I appreciate the deer and the geese and all the wildlife,” she added to some laughter from the crowd, likely due to the geese population’s contribution to the on-campus atmosphere.

Dr. Julie Furst-Bowe becomes the eighth chancellor in SIU-Edwardsville’s history, taking over July 1st for Dr. Vaughn Vandegrift, who’s retiring after eight years on the job.


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