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Winthrop's Mahony named Southern Illinois University's new president


By Glenn Minnis | Dec 6, 2019


The Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees has approved Daniel F. Mahony as the school’s new president, effective March 1, 2020.

Mahony, who comes to SIU after serving as president of Winthrop University in South Carolina, was selected following a national search conducted by a committee representing both the SIU Carbondale and SIU Edwardsville campuses, as well as representatives of the Board of Trustees and alumni members.

“Dr. Mahony is a proven leader and problem solver who has been described as a visionary in his professional experience,” J. Phil  Gilbert, chair of the SIU board, said in a press release. “He has had success in key areas of importance to SIU to include enrollment strategies, diversity and inclusion, improving finances and communicating effectively with internal and external agencies to include foundations and legislative bodies.”

Daniel F. Mahony |

Mahoney has served four years at Winthrop, a 6,000-student public institution, overseeing the development of a strategic plan, an institutional rebranding and improvement in student and employee satisfaction. Winthrop reached a new high in freshman applications with an increase of 15 percent in Mahony's final year, and also saw four-year graduation rates increase by nearly 8 percent.

“I’m excited about working across the system to advance all of SIU,” Mahony said in the release. “The level of commitment to the system’s success and to the welfare of its campuses is clearly strong, from the Board of Trustees to faculty and staff to community members, alumni and donors. SIU has a powerful impact on students and the SIU region, and I look forward to building on its strong foundation.”

SIU serves more than 28,000 students and has an overall budget in the neighborhood of $867 million. Mahony, who said he hopes to see enrollment numbers start to increase, replaces Randy J. Dunn, who resigned from the position in July 2018.

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