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Newly appointed SIU board member to be chairman

CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — The Southern Illinois University system’s revamped governing board elected a newcomer as its chairman and voted to raise tuition at two of the campuses.

WSIU Radio reports that Randal Thomas, the former head of the state’s National Guard, was unanimously elected Thursday. It was the trustees’ first meeting since he and former SIU-Edwardsville history professor Shirley Portwood were selected last week by Gov. Pat Quinn.

Those nominees by the Democratic governor came with the endorsement of the state’s senate members, who had spiked three of Quinn’s previous candidates.

The trustees also agreed Thursday to raise tuition at the Carbondale campus by 3 percent and at the Edwardsville campus by 5 percent, starting this fall.

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