James T. Minor has been appointed the tenth chancellor of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He is scheduled to take office on March 1.
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville enrolls nearly 10,000 undergraduate students and almost 3,000 graduate students. African Americans make up 13 percent of the undergraduate student body.
Minor most recently served as assistant vice chancellor and senior strategist in the Office of the Chancellor at California State University. Prior to his post at California State University, Dr. Minor served as deputy assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Education where he administered more than $7 billion in federal higher education programming.
“I am truly honored and excited about the opportunity to serve as the 10th Chancellor at SIUE,” Dr. Minor said. “The institution has made tremendous strides but is also well-positioned to extend its reach and impact. As we emerge from perhaps the most challenging season of our lifetime, I believe that SIUE will rise to advance its mission in new ways to serve the region, state and nation.”
“During my visit, I had the good fortune of meeting many amazing, dedicated educators,” Dr. Minor added. “I am eager to hear their voices concerning how we will go forward together. Our collective effort will be important to enhance the success of SIUE students so that they realize the many benefits that come along with earning a college degree. It will also be important that we, as a university community, define our future and then pursue it with great clarity, conviction and enthusiasm.”
Dr. Minor eared a bachelor’s in sociology from Jackson State University in Mississippi. He holds a master’s degree in sociology from the University of Nebraska and a doctorate in educational leadership and policy analysis from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.