SIUE extends chancellor’s pact through 2017

SIUE chancellor Julie Furst-Bowe
SIUE chancellor Julie Furst-Bowe BND file photo

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s chancellor will be in place through 2017 — at least. She’s been given a one-year contract extension and a $15,000 raise.

The SIU Board of Trustees approved another extension of contract for Chancellor Julie Furst-Bowe at its meeting Thursday in Carbondale. Furst-Bowe took the reins at SIUE in 2012 with a three-year contract. It was extended by one year in 2014. Now it has been extended another year.

The chancellor’s salary will be $302,500, up from last year’s salary of $287,136. That still leaves Furst-Bowe as the second-lowest-paid public university president in Illinois; according to the Chronicle of Higher Education’s salary database for last year, the former chancellor at SIUC Rita Cheng was earning $347,976 and the leaders of Illinois State University, Northern Illinois University and the University of Illinois all earned between $400,000 and $650,000 per year.

“I appreciate the board of trustees’ confidence in my leadership team and our strategic plan for SIUE,” Furst-Bowe said. “During these challenging times for higher education, we have positive momentum, and I look forward to continuing our efforts to raise SIUE’s academic profile nationally and internationally.”

The board also approved promotions for two administrators and hiring a new vice chancellor to replace a retiring administrator. John C. Navin has been promoted to dean of the school of business after serving as interim dean since June 2013. Navin’s new salary will be $199,000.

Navin has been a faculty member since 1991 as professor and chair of the economics and finance department, as well as undergraduate program director for bachelor’s degree programs in economics and finance. Navin also is a former Glen Carbon village trustee, and has a bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green University and a master’s and doctorate from Michigan State University, all in economics. Prior to coming to SIUE, he served as an analyst for the Michigan Senate Fiscal Agency and its Department of Treasury in the Office of Taxation and Economic Policy.

Curt Lox was promoted to dean of the school of education, health and human behavior after serving as interim dean since May 2014. He has been a faculty member since 1996, and served as associate dean for six years before becoming chairman of the department of kinesiology and health education for five years. Lox’s new salary will be $154,000 a year.

Lox holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California Riverside, master’s degree from Miami University and doctorate from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He continues to serve as a sports psychology consultant and is the sports psychologist for the United States Martial Arts Team.

Jeffrey Waple will be the new vice chancellor for student affairs, succeeding Narbeth “Nobby” Emmanuel, who is retiring. Waple is currently assistant vice president for student engagement and dean of students for Northern Kentucky University. Waple has a bachelor’s degree from Heidelberg University, a masters in guidance and counseling from Eastern Michigan University and a doctorate in educational administration from Illinois State University. Waple will earn $165,000.

Emmanuel has been vice chancellor for student affairs for nearly 20 years. He announced his impending retirement in November.

Contact reporter Elizabeth Donald at or 618-239-2507.