SIU names acting Carbondale chancellor

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CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) _ Southern Illinois University has named Paul Sarvela as acting chancellor of its Carbondale campus.

The SIU Board of Trustees Board of Trustees on Tuesday selected Sarvela. He is the Carbondale campus’ president for academic affairs.

SIU System President Randy J. Dunn said in a news release that he believes Sarvela has the leadership skills to unite the campus.

Cheng has been named president of Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. SIU President Randy Dunn says Cheng completed her work on the Carbondale campus last week and is taking vacation leave pending the start of her new job later this month.

Cheng had been the Carbondale school’s chancellor since 2010.

A process for searching for Cheng’s permanent successor will be sorted out after an SIU board meeting later this month.