Interim SIU Chancellor Paul Sarvela dies

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CARBONDALE, IL (KPLR) – Sad news out of Carbondale Sunday, as Southern Illinois University President Randy Dunn announced that Interim SIU Chancellor Paul Sarvela had died.

According to WSIL-TV, President Dunn sent out the following letter:

Dear Faculty, Staff, Students, Alumni and Friends of SIU:

It is with deep sadness that I share with you the news that Interim SIU Carbondale Chancellor Paul Sarvela passed away unexpectedly earlier this evening. Our hearts go out to his wife, Debbie, their son and daughter, and the other members of their family.

Over the past 28 years, Dr. Sarvela has served our university with distinction as a faculty member, department chair, center director, dean, associate system vice president, and since July, interim chancellor. As much as we value his many contributions as a mentor and a colleague, it is his friendship and compassion for those around him that we will miss the most.