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In this April 30, 2014 photo, Southern Illinois University President Glenn Poshard, 68, talks with his son from his campus office in Carbondale, Ill., on his last day on the job. The newly retired president of the Southern Illinois University system says he's bittersweet about stepping down from the post. He has been affiliated with the school for nearly 50 years. Poshard, a former congressman and Illinois gubernatorial candidate, has retired but will stay on through June as a consultant to his successor, Randy Dunn. (AP Photo/The Southern, Steve Matzker)

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FILE - In this May 16, 2013 file photo, Glenn Poshard, president of Southern Illinois University, testifies during a House Committee hearing on pension legislation at the state Capitol in Springfield, Ill. Poshard has been active in Illinois’ public affairs for more than 30 years as a U.S. congressman, state senator, Democratic candidate for governor and, most recently, president of the Southern Illinois University system. Newly retired but serving as a consultant to his successor as SIU’s president, the 68-year-old Murphysboro man shared with The Associated Press his thoughts on the nexus of higher education and states’ troubled finances. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

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In this April 28, 2014 photo, Southern Illinois University President Glenn Poshard poses in front of the Stone Center, which has been his office since assuming the presidency in 2006. Poshard, a former congressman and Illinois gubernatorial candidate who has been affiliated with the university for nearly 50 years, officially retired Wednesday, April 30. Though retired, he will stay on through June as a consultant to his successor, Randy Dunn. (AP Photo/The Southern, Adam Testa)

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Southern Illinois University President Glenn Poshard packs a few remaining books into his briefcase on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, in Carbondale, Ill., on his last day on the job. The newly retired president of the Southern Illinois University system says he's bittersweet about stepping down from the post. He has been affiliated with the school for nearly 50 years. Poshard, a former congressman and Illinois gubernatorial candidate, retired Wednesday but will stay on through June as a consultant to his successor, Randy Dunn. (AP Photo/The Southern, Steve Matzker)

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Southern Illinois University President Glenn Poshard, left, shakes hands with incoming SIU president Randy Dunn, on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, in Carbondale, Ill., on Poshard's last day on the job. Poshard, a former congressman and Illinois gubernatorial candidate, officially retired Wednesday but will stay on through June as a consultant to his successor. (AP Photo/The Southern, Steve Matzker)