The Southern Illinois University system's governing board is taking the next step in searching for a replacement for the university's retiring president.
The Southern Illinoisan reports that the executive committee of SIU's Board of Trustees will meet Wednesday to name an advisory committee and to hire an outside search firm. Glenn Poshard announced in July that he plans to retire June 30 of next year, even though his contract expires in 2015.
The advisory committee will include representatives from SIU's Carbondale and Edwardsville campuses. Poshard will have no formal role in the search.
Poshard is a former five-term congressman who has led the university since 2005.