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Dr. Richard Wagner - Higher Education

Dr. Dick Wagner began working at the Illinois Board of Higher Education in 1969, and in 1980 became IBHE's Executive Director, serving in that position until his retirement in 1998, the longest serving head of IBHE. During Dr. Wagner's tenure he assisted in the dramatic growth of the state's community college system, and focused on the enhancement and quality performance of the state's many institutions of higher learning. As the Executive Director, he helped guide the state through a dramatic reorganization of those institutions in 1995.

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Abstract

Interview Session 01 (Audio)

Building Capacity in IL Higher Education; 1969 to early 1980’s

Interview Session 02 (Audio)

System Enhancement and Quality Performance; mid-1980’s to 1998


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IL Board of Higher Education (IBHE) staff from the years Dr. Wagner served as Executive Director. The staff was attending a reunion at UIS in 2012. Dr. Donald Prince, Chair of the IL Board of Higher Education from 1974 to 1980, is in the front, center.

Where:

UIS

When:

2012

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During a 1981 meeting in his office, Gov. Jim Thompson joked with IBHE Exec Dir Dr. Richard Wagner that the Governor’s Office also had data. Also present were the Governor’s Chief of Staff, Art Quern and his Education Asst., Rich McClure.

Where:

Gov. Jim Thompson's Office

When:

1981

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This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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Standing: SIU Pres Dr. Kenneth “Buzz” Shaw, Illinois College Pres. Dr. Donald Mundinger, Seated: U of I Pres Dr. Stanley Ikenberry, IBHE Exec Dir Dr. Richard Wagner, during a visit to St. Louis newspaper editorial boards to garner support for a 1983 tax increase.

Where:

St. Louis, MO

When:

circa 1983

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This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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Some of Governor Jim Edgar staff members gathered for a photo in the Governor’s office in 1997. From left to right, Tom Livingston, Governor Jim Edgar, IBHE Exec Dir Dr. Richard Wagner, and Senior Advisor to the Governor Mike Lawrence.

Where:

Governor's office

When:

1997

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.



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