November 21, 2008

Simon institute finalists to visit campus

by Tom Woolf

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The three finalists for director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute will visit Southern Illinois University Carbondale next month.

The three are vying to replace Mike Lawrence, who retired earlier this month after serving as director since October 2004 following the December 2003 death of founder and former U.S. Sen. Paul Simon. Matt Baughman, who has been with the institute for more than 10 years, is serving as interim director.

The finalists are: William H. Freivogel, director of SIUC’s School of Journalism; state Rep. Arthur L. Turner, D-Chicago; and David A. Yepsen, the nationally recognized political columnist with the Des Moines Register.

The candidates will interview with the search committee and institute’s board of counselors, the institute staff and University administrators. John S. Jackson, a visiting professor with the institute, chairs the 11-member search committee.

Members of the campus community and the public can meet the finalists during an open forum. Each open forum will be in the Illinois Room of the Student Center from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. on the following dates:

• Dec. 1 -- David Yepsen

• Dec. 4 -- Arthur Turner

• Dec. 9 -- William Freivogel

For more information, contact Baughman at 453-4001.