What to expect at Eastern in 2023


Rob Le Cates

The Board of Trustees will meet in the Grand Ballroom of the Martin Luther King Jr. University Union at 1 p..m. on Friday.

Madelyn Kidd, Editor-in-Chief

1. University President David Glassman will have his last day on June 30.

During the 2021 State of the University Address, Glassman announced his plans to retire from being president on June 30. While Glassman will retire from being president, he will continue working at Eastern in the anthropology department as a professor. Glassman began as Eastern’s president in 2017.

2. A new president will be chosen.

Currently the Presidential Search Committee is nearing the end of its search for Eastern’s new president as the final four candidates visit Eastern throughout January. The four candidates are Eastern’s current Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost Jay Gatrell, David Brennen a Frost, Brown and Todd professor of law at the Rosenberg College of Law, Diana Rogers-Adkinson the provost and senior vice president of academic affairs at Bloomsburg University, and Michael Godard the provost at the Southeast Missouri State University.

Quarterback Dom Shoffner (0), attempts to run the ball and is tackled by Southeast Missouri’s defensive lineman, Nasim Cairo (55) at their game Saturday afternoon. The Panthers lost to the Redhawks 31-7 on the O’Brien Field. (Ashanti Thomas)

3. The 2023 Football season includes the Panthers playing in six OVC/Big South Alliance games.

The Ohio Valley Conference and Big South Alliances hold a myriad of conference crossover games each season. This season the Eastern’s football team will be playing six of those games. Eastern will host three of the games on Oct. 7 against UT Martin, Oct. 21 against Bryant University and on Nov. 11 against Tennessee State. The football team will play the other three games on the opposing teams’ field on Oct. 14 at Southeast Missouri, Nov. 4 at Lindenwood and on Nov. 18 at Robert Morris University.

4. Eastern will continue its plans for construction of the new science building.

Eastern plans to build a new science building to house the Biological Sciences and The Chemistry and Biochemistry Departments on the South side of the Tarble Arts Center. Eastern received $118.8 million in funding for the new building through Governor J.B. Pritzker Bi-partisan Rebuild Illinois Capital Plan.

5. “Xanadu: the Musical” will be at the Doudna Fine Arts Center in March.

Performances take place from March 2 to March 5 in the Theatre in Doudna. The performances on March 2 to March 4 start at 7:30 p.m. The March 5 performance begins at 2 p.m. General admission tickets cost $25 each, for senior citizens and Eastern employees its $20 and for Eastern students its $15.


Madelyn Kidd can be reached at 581-2812 or at [email protected].