NORMAL, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois State
University President Al Bowman says he plans to retire as soon as the
university can pick a replacement.
Bowman's announcement Monday comes soon
after he signed a four-year contract with a retention bonus to be paid at the
end of the term.
In a message to the campus, Bowman cites health considerations as the
cause of his departure. Bowman says his current condition is good, but he's
been advised that stepping away from a high pressure position is the best thing
he can do for his long-term health.
The 59-year-old administrator says he's asked Trustees Chairman Michael
McCuskey to convene a special meeting of the board to begin the search for a