Campus News

SIU chancellor becomes professor

The chancellor of Southern Illinois University’s Carbondale campus, who recently faced accusations of plagiarism by an informal group at SIU, will become a tenured professor in architecture after stepping down from his post, The Daily Egyptian, SIU’s student newspaper, reported.

SIU’s president announced that the allegations of plagiarism against Wendler had no part in the chancellor’s change in position, but cited “conflicting leadership styles, a lack of communication and the need for a new administrative make-up” as reasons for the change.

Wendler made headlines in September when he was accused of plagiarizing an initiative to make SIU a top-75 public research institution by 2019. Upon review by an internal committee, his actions were deemed intellectual dishonesty rather than plagiarism.