May 22, 2007

Poshard picks Fernando Treviño to lead SIUC

by Tom Woolf


Fernando M. Treviño

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Southern Illinois University President Glenn Poshard today (May 22) introduced Fernando M. Treviño as his choice to become the next chancellor of the Carbondale campus.

The two men appeared together at a news conference at the SIUC Student Center. Poshard will submit his recommendation to the Board of Trustees at its next meeting, June 14, in Carbondale.

If approved by the board, Treviño will replace John M. Dunn, SIUC's provost and vice chancellor since 2002, who took over as interim chancellor last November. Dunn will become president of Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo in July.


Media Advisory

For members of the media unable to attend today's news conference, SIU President Glenn Poshard and Fernando Treviño will be available for telephone interviews between 2:15 and 3 p.m. today. Please call 618/536-3471.


"Dr. Treviño will be an outstanding leader for the Carbondale campus and an effective ambassador for the University across the region, the state and the nation," Poshard said. "He has a substantial track record in higher education, in research, in community service and in working at the national and international levels."

Treviño, a native of Eagle Pass, Texas, said he looks forward to becoming part of the SIUC and Southern Illinois communities.

"My thanks to President Poshard and the search committee for the hospitality they have shown me during the interview process, and for their confidence in me," he said. "This is an institution with rich traditions and a reputation for excellence in teaching, research and service. I am excited to have the opportunity to participate in the University's continued growth and development."

Treviño emphasized the importance of "building better communication, building a sense of teamwork on campus and building enrollment."

Roger Tedrick, chair of the SIU Board of Trustees, is enthusiastic about Poshard's choice.

"I am confident our entire board will approve President Poshard's recommendation without hesitation," Tedrick said, noting that board members were pleased with the inclusive process Poshard used in making his decision. "Dr. Treviño brings with him not only a tremendous record of achievements, but a passion and commitment to moving the University forward. We feel this is a time of great opportunity for both Dr. Treviño and the Carbondale campus."

The proposed three-year contract calls for Treviño to receive a $290,000 annual salary and a $27,500 housing allowance.

For the past eight years, the 57-year-old Treviño served as dean of the School of Public Health at the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth. He also is a professor of health management and policy. Since 2002, he also served as director of the Texas Institute for Hispanic Health in the School of Public Health, and since 1999, he has served as director of the school's Institute for Public Health Research.

From 1996 to 2000, he served as professor and chairman of the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine in the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, part of the University of North Texas Health Science Center. From 1996 to 1999, Treviño was the executive director of the university's graduate program in public health in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

He is a past president of the World Federation of Public Health Associations in Geneva, Switzerland. From 1993 to 1996, Treviño was executive director of the American Public Health Association in Washington, D.C., and executive editor of "The Nation's Health." He was only the seventh person in 124 years to serve as the chief executive officer of the association, which is the oldest and largest society of public health workers in the world and the largest publisher of public health books and journals.

From 1991 to 1993, Treviño served as dean of the School of Health Professions and professor of health administration at Southwest Texas State University. As dean, he was the chief academic officer of the nation's largest school of health professions, with 2,000 students majoring in one of 11 different health occupations.

Treviño earned a bachelor's degree in psychology in 1971 from the University of Houston. He earned his master's of public health degree in 1975 from the University of Texas School of Public Health (Health Services Administration) and his doctorate in 1979 from the University of Texas Medical Branch (Preventive Medicine and Community Health) in Galveston.

Susan Ford, chair of SIUC's anthropology department, chaired the 16-member search advisory committee that recommended the four finalists for chancellor to Poshard.

"The Search Advisory Committee is very pleased with the outcome of the search, and as a group, we strongly support Dr. Poshard's choice of Dr. Treviño for the next chancellor," she said. "We believe he is a visionary leader with tremendous ability to reach out and touch the lives of all the individuals with whom he comes in contact."

(Note: To view Treviño's complete curriculum vita, visit