Macomb Local News

Western Illinois University President Dr. Jack Thomas did not land the president jobs at Tuskegee University and Boise State University that he was a finalist for. The question many in the Macomb community may be asking is "now what?"


In April, news broke that Thomas was one of five finalists for the opening at Boise State. Since touring the campus in late April, Thomas has withdrawn his name from consideration for the position. The Boise State search is has now been trimmed down to three finalists, with a decision expected next week. 


Last week, it came out that Thomas was one of two vying for the president job at Tuskegee University in Alabama. However, Wagner College (Staten Island, NY) Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs Lily McNair, ended up getting the position


As Western Illinois University concludes the 2017-18 calender year, there are certainly more questions than answers for what the future holds for Thomas in Macomb. Dr. Thomas has served as WIU's 11th president since 2011.