NORMAL, Ill. -- By now freshmen at Illinois State University have settled into their new surroundings. However, that may take a little more time for Doctor Timothy Flanagan, who is new to Central Illinois.
"My sense is there is a great, collaborative spirit and great sense of partnership between Normal and the University, and that's wonderful," said Flanagan. "That's a terrific asset both for the community and the university, one that I would hope to continue and strengthen."
Students and parents who met Flanagan on move-in day said he is already exhibiting qualities of a president who is truly in touch with his community. The one word repeatedly used to describe Flanagan's leadership while walking the halls of Watterson Towers was "awesome."
"Very personable and invested in the students, the fact that he's here today and touring and seeing what move-in is like, that's pretty awesome," said freshman parent Tom Delegatto.
"That's awesome. It makes him personable, like people can see him and he's able to be approached and he's reaching out to them," said Resident Assistant Molly Arundel.
Those are some traits that many students valued in former ISU President Al Bowman. President Flanagan met with Dr. Bowman earlier this summer to learn what is in store for the future of ISU.
"He made some very wise decisions," said Flanagan. "The plan that's in place for the university is a terrific one, and it's a matter of implementing it and carrying it out."
Flanagan said the former president spent a decade planning a continued successful path for Illinois State, and he hopes to maintain that momentum.