Austin Lane | Southern Illinois University Carbondale

CARBONDALE, Ill. (WJPF) — The SIU Board of Trustees will meet Friday to consider the appointment of Austin Lane as the next chancellor of SIU Carbondale.

Lane’s appointment is recommended by SIU System President Dan Mahony and comes after a months long national search. If approved by the board Friday, Lane would start no later than July 6, 2020.

Lane will be replacing John Dunn, who has served as interim chancellor since January 2019 after the unexpected death of Chancellor Carlo Montemagno.

Previously, Lane was president of Texas Southern University, based in Houston and enrolling 10,237 students, from 2016 to February 2020. Texas Southern is a doctoral-level institution designated as “high research activity” by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions in Higher Education.