Durbin Meets with Illinois University Presidents

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today met with the Presidents of Southern Illinois University (SIU), former Illinois Representative Glenn Poshard, and Illinois State University (ISU), Dr. Al Bowman, to discuss higher education issues, federal research programs and efforts to strengthen student aid programs including Pell Grants. Durbin served in the U.S. House of Representatives with Poshard, who represented portions of southern Illinois, for 8 years. Poshard was named President of SIU in late 2005 and has served in that role for nearly 6 years. Dr. Bowman has served as ISU’s President for nearly 8 years.


Founded in 1869, Southern Illinois University has grown into one of Illinois’ most comprehensive public universities. The University offers associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral and professional degrees in law and medicine and has roughly 20,000 students currently enrolled from all 50 states and more than 100 countries.


Illinois State University was founded in 1857 and has since developed into a multipurpose university with degree programs at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels. ISU enrolls close to 20,000 students and has ranked among the top 100 universities in the nation for quality and value for seven straight years, according to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine.