OUR VIEW: Larry Dietz leaves ISU better than how he found it

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The president of Illinois State University retired Wednesday after more than 50 years in higher education.

It’s a career that has stretched into Missouri and Iowa, but has been firmly rooted in his native Illinois, where Dietz was born on a dairy farm outside DeSoto.

Dietz was a vice chancellor at Southern Illinois University Carbondale for a decade before coming to ISU in 2011 as vice president for Student Affairs.

As the 19th president of ISU, his accomplishments are too many to list, from creating the Center for Civic Engagement and Service Learning and renovating the Bone Student Center to hiring the first assistant to the president for diversity and inclusion. There are new degree programs and fundraising campaigns.

His tenure was marked by a commitment to the school’s core values: Learning and Scholarship, Diversity and Inclusion, Respect, Collaboration, Individualized Attention, Civic Engagement, and Integrity.

Dietz lived by those values and leaves an institution stronger than when he arrived.

Now the torch is passed to Terri Goss Kinzy, who will chart her own path as ISU president. We’re excited to see what comes next.

We wish Dietz and wife Marlene Dietz all the best in this new chapter. We’re fortunate they are staying in our community, where their commitment to civic engagement will be visible for many years to come.


Looking back at the tenure of Illinois State University President Larry Dietz

Illinois State University President Larry Dietz speaks during a news conference while Julie Jones, chairperson of the ISU Board of Trustees, left, and Aondover Tarhule, university vice president for academic affairs and provost, listen last Thursday at ISU’s Brown Ballroom in Normal.




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Illinois State University President Larry Dietz talks with Julie Jones, chairperson of the ISU Board of Trustees, left, and Aondover Tarhule, university vice president for academic affairs and provost, before Dietz addresses how the college plans to reopen this fall during a news conference Thursday, July 9, 2020, at ISU’s Brown Ballroom in Normal.




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Marlene Dietz, David Ross and Illinois State University President Larry Dietz at the 24th annual Red Cross Evening of the Stars in 2017. Photo by Carlos T. Miranda.



ISU alumna Jane Lynch was presented with an honorary degree during the 2017 Founders Day Convocation by President Larry Dietz, left, and Board Chairman Rocky Donahue. Lynch is part of a new initiative, "All in Illinois," encouraging people to stay home to slow the spread of COVID-19.




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Illinois State University President Larry Dietz is interviewed recently on the campus in Normal.




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Illinois State University President Larry Dietz, left, and his wife, Marlene, rang the replica of the Old Main bell during Founders Day activities last month at Bone Student Center’s Brown Ballroom in Normal. Celebrating 163 years of history, ISU recognized several milestones, including surpassing the $150 million Redbirds Rising Campaign and the release of state money to overhaul the Winsook Kim School of Arts building.




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Larry Dietz, newly named Illinois State University president, and and his wife Marlene, talk with Jeff Wood, right, dean of the college of applied science and technology in April 2013.




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Newly named President Larry Dietz speaks after being appointed to the position Saturday by the Illinois State University Board of Trustees.




MADISON ROBERTS, The Pantagraph



New Illinois State University President Larry Dietz talks about his academic experience during an interview, Monday, at Hovey Hall.




DAVID PROEBER, The Pantagraph



Illinois State University President Larry Dietz and his wife, Marlene, walk hand in hand onto Doug Collins Court to wave to a cheering crowd during a time out of the College Basketball Invitational quarterfinal game at Redbird Arena in Normal.




LORI ANN COOK-NEISLER, The Pantagraph



Illinois State University graduate Anthony Williams, left, is embraced by university President Larry Dietz after Williams received his diploma Saturday during commencement ceremonies at Redbird Arena.




DAVID PROEBER, The Pantagraph



Illinois State University President Larry Dietz: in 2014, Dietz was named university president and given an annual salary of $350,000 plus benefits. Dietz was appointed to the presidency after Timothy Flanagan resigned. As vice president in 2014, Dietz made $241,092 plus $31,821.14 in additional compensation.




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During his first State of the University address, Illinois State University president Larry Dietz led a round of applause for ISU graduate Christian Stoinev, who performed on ”America’s Got Talent."  The address was held Thursday at the ISU Center for the Performing Arts. To view the full text of Dietz’s speech, go to www.pantagraph.com.




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July 3, 2021 at 11:11PM

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