ISU President jumps into new job

By Denise Jackson

March 24, 2014 Updated Mar 24, 2014 at 9:57 PM CDT

NORMAL,IL--Two days after taking the helm Illinois State University's new president . Larry Dietz wants to put the controversy surrounding his predecessor, Timothy Flanagan, to rest. Dietz is not wasting time assuming his new duties.

In his first work day as Illinois State University's new president Dr. Larry Dietz tries to calm the controversy that put him in office.

"We're really talking about a contextual issue in terms of the institution and strength of the institution. The institution has been strong for a long period and it's gonna continue to be," he said.

On Saturday ISU's Board of Trustees appointed Dietz as president, after Timothy Flanagan's resignation after seven months on the job. Flanagan stepped down after an investigation by ISU police, into allegations that he assaulted a former maintenance worker last December. ISU students had mixed reaction to the swift leadership change.

"I don't know if anybody's really as like upset or concerned as they probably should be," said ISU Sophomore Indigo Austin.

"I think Dr. Flanagan did do a good job. I feel like if he wasn't comfortable being here then he should leave," said ISU Sophomore Kurran Buck.

"Good luck to Dr. Dietz. I think he's a great guy. I'm really excited to see where it goes," said ISU Student Elizabeth Dujmovich.

Dr. Dietz says he's excited about working with faculty in moving the University forward. In the meantime the case involving former president Timothy Flanagan has been turned over to the McLean County State's Attorney.

To submit a comment on this article, your email address is required. We respect your privacy and your email will not be visible to others nor will it be added to any email lists.