Macomb Local News
The Western Illinois University Board of Trustees met Friday morning in the Quad Cities and approved its Fiscal Year 2019 Preliminary Spending Plan, which comes out to $224.3 million. The plan must be prepared prior to July 1 for submission to the Illinois Board of Higher Education, the Illinois State Legislature and the Governor. 
Board members also approved the implementation of University's Higher Values in Higher Education Higher Values in Higher Education 2017-2022 Strategic Plan. 
A subject of much discussion in the Macomb community in recent months has been the future of President Jack Thomas at WIU. The BOT agreed to table the resolution of updating Thomas’ contract to a later date. This comes as Thomas has been named a finalist for jobs at other colleges in recent months. 
Twenty-six faculty members were also granted tenure at this meeting. The board will hold a retreat July 12 through 13th in the Quad Cities. Their next regular scheduled meeting will be held September 27-28 on the WIU-Macomb campus.