MACOMB, IL – Western Illinois University Libraries and the University Theme Committee will host President Emeritus Al Goldfarb’s discussion, “The Continuing Impact of the Holocaust on the Life and Career of a Child of Survivors,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 4 in the Leslie F. Malpass Library Garden Lounge.
President Emeritus Goldfarb will discuss how his parents’ Holocaust experiences impacted his life, his academic work as a professor of theatre and his administrative career, including his presidency at Western Illinois University.
Goldfarb retired in June 2011 after nine years as president of Western. Goldfarb was named president in March 2002 by the WIU Board of Trustees, and began his duties July 1, 2002. During his tenure as president, he oversaw the creation of Western’s Strategic Plan: Higher Values in Higher Education, the WIU-Macomb Master Plan: Campus is the Classroom, the WIU-QC Master Plan: Vision 2020 and the Technology Strategic Plan. He also oversaw the successful beginning of the University’s comprehensive campaign, Set the Standard: Higher Values in Higher Education. Goldfarb was president during the approval of Western’s first doctoral program in education, and new programs in liberal arts and sciences, nursing, engineering, museum studies, forensic chemistry and emergency management.
Under his leadership, the first building of the Quad Cities Riverfront Campus and such facilities as the Multicultural Center, Grote Hall and the Document and Publications Services building were built; the Performing Arts Center planning got underway; and numerous renovations took place, including Memorial Hall, the student side of Hanson Field, the Donald S. Spencer Recreation Center expansion, the Wright House, the University Union Bookstore and the University Union entrance.
During his time at Western, the University received numerous accolades for its achievements, including rankings and recognitions by The Princeton Review, U.S. News and World Report, GI Jobs, Carnegie Classification, the Presidential Honor Roll for Community Service, the Southern Regional Education Board and the Educational Trust. Goldfarb supported the creation of the First Year Experience (FYE) program and the expansion of the cost-guarantee program. During his tenure, Western received reaffirmation of accreditation from The North Central Association for Western Illinois University until 2021.
He also served in leadership roles in many organizations, including chair of the Summit League Presidents Council, as a convener of the Illinois Public University Presidents and Chancellors Council, as chair of Illinois Campus Compact and as a member of the executive board of The Renaissance Group, and he currently serves as a member of the State of Illinois Serve Illinois Commission.
This presentation is sponsored by University Libraries and the University Theme Committee. It is part of the Art and Self Perception event series. For more information, contact University Libraries’ administration office at (309) 298-2762.