WBEZ | Glenn Poshard http://www.wbez.org/tags/glenn-poshard Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Scholarship for SIU Leader's kin raises questions http://www.wbez.org/story/scholarship-siu-leaders-kin-raises-questions-88393 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2011-June/2011-06-27/5707326850_0045b42fbd.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Southern Illinois University President Glenn Poshard's granddaughter is receiving a scholarship worth $80,000 to the school that raises a tricky issue for both he and the university.&nbsp;</p><p>It isn't because Maddie Poshard is an undeserving student but because of who her grandfather is.&nbsp;</p><p>Dan Mann is director of student financial aid at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He told the Chicago Tribune that Glenn Poshard perhaps&nbsp; shouldn't have allowed his 18-year-old granddaughter to compete for a Presidential/Chancellor Scholarship.</p><p>But Mann says SIU also looks hard for top students to enroll.</p><p>Maddie Poshard is a top student at Riverton High School near Springfield with a strong ACT score.&nbsp;</p><p>Glenn Poshard said his granddaughter earned the scholarship.&nbsp;</p><p>SIU chancellor Rita Cheng says no one has complained about the scholarship.</p></p> Mon, 27 Jun 2011 15:38:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/scholarship-siu-leaders-kin-raises-questions-88393 Illinois universities worried about lack of state funding http://www.wbez.org/story/glenn-poshard/illinois-universities-worried-about-lack-state-funding <p><p>Some public universities say they're stretched too thin because of Illinois' ongoing budget crisis. Southern Illinois University has struggled to negotiate contracts with two employees' unions. SIU President Glenn Poshard blames the state for not paying money it owes to universities.</p><p>&quot;The state's been in a terrible condition. We've been in a terrible condition,&quot;&nbsp;Poshard said. &quot;We're trying to pay our bills. We're trying to maintain our programs. You know, and we need help and we're asking everybody to help a little bit. Some folks have chosen not to.&quot;</p><p>Meanwhile, a Northern Illinois University spokesman says faculty there have become disgruntled over state funding and are preparing to quit.</p><p>Illinois lawmakers have been asking university presidents to come up with a list of programs that are expendable.</p></p> Fri, 11 Mar 2011 13:19:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/glenn-poshard/illinois-universities-worried-about-lack-state-funding