SIUE selects first Black chancellor

SIUE Chancellor-select James Minor. Photo courtesy of SIUE

Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville (SIUE) selected their first Black chancellor last week.

Minor most recently served as assistant vice chancellor and senior strategist in the Office of the Chancellor at California State University. He has also served as deputy assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Education where he administered more than $7 billion in federal higher education programming.

SIUE Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Jessica Harris, PhD, served as the Chancellor Search Advisory Committee Chair, leading a 28-person committee comprising faculty, staff, students and community stakeholders.

“Dr. Minor is a recognized thought leader in the field of higher education,” Harris said in an announcement. “Throughout his career, he has leveraged his scholarly expertise and professional experiences to support institutions with increasing their capacity to more effectively serve students. He is a collaborative, mission-driven and equity-minded change agent who will lead SIUE in its response to a number of higher education’s most pressing challenges; in particular, the persistence of inequities.”

Minor holds a doctorate in educational leadership and policy analysis from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as a bachelor’s in sociology from Jackson State University and a master’s in sociology from the University of Nebraska.

Minor succeeds Randy Pembrook who has served as SIUE’s ninth chancellor since August 2016. Pembrook announced his retirement in May 2021, effective in 2022.