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SIU Interim Chancellor, Former Dean Dies


Southern Illinois University Carbondale Interim Chancellor Paul Sarvela died unexpectedly Sunday evening. 

In a message from SIU President Randy Dunn, faculty, staff, and students were told of Sarvela's passing Sunday evening.

Sarvela was recently diagnosed with cancer, and although he said the disease would likely change his schedule, the prognosis was good.

He was appointed Interim Chancellor over the summer, filling the position left vacant when former Chancellor Rita Cheng took over as President of Northern Arizona University.

Sarvela's time at the SIU spanned 28 years, ranging from a faculty member to dean, and then Associate Vice President before being named interim Chancellor.

Funeral arrangements and services are pending.