WIU BOT cancels special meeting

MACOMB, Ill. (NEWS3) — The Western Illinois University Board of Trustees cancelled its special meeting scheduled for Monday morning.

NEWS3 reached out to WIU for a comment as to why the meeting was canceled once again.

“Due to the ever-evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, which in turn is altering University operations and business, there may be additional subsequent action(s) that require Board approval,” Executive Director of University Relations Darcie Shinberger said. “The meeting has been canceled until a later date to ensure appropriate action on matters requiring Board approval.”

WIU officials made the announcement Friday to hold its quarterly meeting for Monday via teleconference. Earlier in March, the meeting was canceled due to the the coronavirus pandemic.

According to the agenda, trustees were supposed to consider temporarily suspending BOT policies, regulations, rules or any other authority granted to the board and hand those powers over to Interim President Martin Abraham, according to WIU officials. This suspension would last until Illinois’ state of emergency is lifted or until the next board of trustees meeting.