MACOMB/MOLINE, IL — According to the Western Illinois University Presidential Search Committee, six finalists will be considered for the position of Western’s 12th president. Interviews will begin Monday, Oct. 19.

The finalists who will participate in virtual on-campus interviews include:

Monday, Oct. 19: Martin Abraham, interim president, Western Illinois University.

Tuesday, Oct. 20: Bahman Ghorashi, former provost and vice president for academic affairs, Tennessee Tech University.

Wednesday, Oct. 21: Cady Short-Thompson, provost, Hope College (Holland, MI).

Friday, Oct. 23: Steve Michael, executive vice president for academic affairs and provost, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, Los Angeles (CA).

Monday, Oct. 26: Michael Shonrock, dean of faculty, Center for Leadership Development, U.S. Office of Personnel Management, Washington, D.C.

Wednesday, Oct. 28: Guiyou Huang, president, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.

“We are pleased with the outstanding pool of applicants, and with the caliber of the finalists who will be participating in the final on-campus interviews,” said Presidential Search Committee co-chairs WIU Board of Trustees Chair Polly Radosh and Faculty Senate Chair Christopher Pynes.

Open sessions for each candidate will be held via Zoom with various University and community constituents. Faculty, staff, students and community members who wish to participate in an open session must register at

Specific sessions for chairs, deans, students, faculty and others will also be held. The candidates’ vitas and complete interview schedules can be found at and


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