Janet McNew To Step Down as Provost at Illinois Wesleyan in 2006
April 22, 2005
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - Janet McNew, provost and dean of the faculty at Illinois Wesleyan
University, has announced that she will leave that position, effective July 31, 2006,
following a one-year sabbatical leave.
McNew, who served as acting president of Illinois Wesleyan in 2003-04, joined the
University in 1993. In addition to her administrative duties, she is a professor of
“Janet McNew's service to Illinois Wesleyan has been extraordinary,” said Illinois
Wesleyan President Richard F. Wilson. “Time and again, she has stepped into the breach
and has provided strong leadership in many different areas. I am personally very grateful
for her work during my transition.”
Wilson announced that Roger Schnaitter, associate provost, will become acting provost
during the 2005-06 academic year and that Thomas Griffiths, associate dean of the
faculty, will serve as acting dean. Wilson said that the University will conduct a
national search for McNew's replacement beginning in September in order to have a
successor named by the spring of 2006.
In an announcement distributed to the campus, McNew noted that she had “devoted the
past two years to building a sturdy bridge” between the era of late President Minor
Myers jr., who died of lung cancer in July 2003, and the Wilson presidency, which
began in July 2004. “I am ready,” she added, “ to turn my energies toward making my
As acting president, McNew led efforts to create a new mission statement for the University
as well as the Board of Trustees' adoption of a resolution to make diversifying the
campus a priority for the University's strategic planning. During her tenure as provost
and dean of the faculty, she spearheaded numerous initiatives, including the process
that brought a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa to the University, an overhaul of the general
education curriculum along with a new academic calendar, and the establishment of
the Mellon Center for Faculty and Curriculum Development. As provost, McNew oversaw
the hiring of more than half of the University's current faculty members.
McNew received her bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel
Hill and her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in English Language and Literature from the University
of Virginia. She taught in and chaired the Department of English at St. John's University/College
of Saint Benedict in Minnesota before coming to Illinois Wesleyan.