Jack Thomas

Including $1.5 Million to PAC
9:15 am
Tue September 24, 2013

WIU Reaches $60 Million Goal with Seven-Figure Gift

Ken and Lorraine Epperson's seven figure gift helped WIU hit its 60mil. fundraising goal.
Credit http://www.wiu.edu/news/

After more than six years of fundraising, Western Illinois University has hit its $60 million goal for the school's capital campaign.

That's thanks to a sizable gift by two Western alumni who are long time supporters of the university.

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Budget Challenges
7:39 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

WIU Workers Asked to Help Cut Costs

Credit Rich Egger

Western Illinois University President Jack Thomas told a standing room only crowd in the University Union that WIU takes pride in having avoided layoffs and furloughs despite the state’s financial woes over the past decade.

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President Thomas tells departments to get ready.
9:09 am
Thu March 28, 2013

WIU President Prepares For State Funding Cuts

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn wants to give Western Illinois University even less money next year than it received this year.

The governor’s budget address called for a funding decrease of 2.5 million dollars for Western. In response WIU President Jack Thomas  sent a letter to staff telling them to prepare for the cuts.

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Founder's Day Speech
8:09 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

WIU's Thomas: Let Us Not Forget

President Jack Thomas delivering the Founder's Day speech
WIU

Western Illinois University celebrated its founding by looking ahead to its future.  The annual Founder's Day ceremony was highlighted by President Jack Thomas, who delivered a 20 minute speech with the theme “Let Us Not Forget.”

“Let us not forget that we have an excellent history of providing access to a wide range of students, and we must remain an institution that is affordable,” Thomas said, adding that he considers WIU affordable when compared to peer institutions.

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Phase Two of New Campus in Moline
6:48 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

WIU Breaks Ground for Riverfront Building

Construction will start soon on the next phase of Western Illinois University's campus in the Quad Cities.

Local and state leaders were on hand Wednesday afternoon to break ground for the second building at the new riverfront campus in Moline.

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn called it a prudent investment by the people of the state.

"We believe in jobs, and one of the very best ways to have good jobs today and tomorrow is to invest in education," Quinn told the crowd. "We want to make sure that all of our students get a good education."

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State Funding Still An Issue
4:24 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Challenging Financial Times Continue for WIU

WIU President Jack Thomas

Western Illinois University is facing another year of reduced state funding while also playing a waiting game with the state.

WIU President Jack Thomas has asked each vice president at the school to reduce his or her division's total budget by 2%. Thomas said the state reduced it support of Western for the new fiscal year by $3.4 million, a cut of more than 6%.

He said WIU recently received a $6.3 million payment from the state but is still owed around $13 million for the Fiscal Year 2012, which ended June 30.

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