NORMAL (WEEK) – Illinois State University’s new president is revealing COVID-19’s financial impact, and expressed pride that so many students and campus workers are fully vaccinated
Making her first State of the University address, President Terri Goss Kinzy said ISU lost $25 million because of the pandemic, but she said employees kept working and students kept learning, although most of that learning was done online until this semester.
“I do want to say Illinois State was well prepared. We didn’t lay anyone off, we didn’t cut wages that many places did,” said Kinzy.
“And so, we are still very strong but it will have an impact on us for the long term and the ability to do innovative and creative things to advance education in Illinois,” she added.
Kinzy reported 92% of faculty and staff are vaccinated against COVID-19, 83% of university-housed students are vaccinated as well.
Kinzy became ISU’s first female president this summer, replacing retiring President Larry Dietz.