Office for University Relations

NEWS RELEASE, May 31, 2012



Trustees appoint senior campus leaders

Board also OKs continuing budget authorization


           CHICAGO, Ill. — The University of Illinois Board of Trustees approved the appointments of three top administrators during a meeting Thursday on the University's Chicago campus, and adopted an annual resolution that will maintain University operations until a new state budget is finalized.

           Ilesanmi "Ade" Adesida was appointed vice chancellor for academic affairs and provost of the Urbana-Champaign campus, Lynn Pardie was appointed vice chancellor for academic affairs and provost of the Springfield campus, and Peter E. Schiffer was appointed vice chancellor for research in Urbana-Champaign.

           Adesida and Pardie have each been administrators and faculty members at the University for more than two decades. As provost, each will serve as their campus' chief academic officer and second-highest administrator, reporting to the chancellor.

           Adesida joined the Urbana-Champaign campus as an engineerng professor in 1987, and has been dean of the College of Engineering since 2006. For more than a decade, he also has been director of the Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology.

           He earned his undergraduate and doctoral degrees at the University of California, Berkeley, and will assume his new role on Aug. 16. He replaces Richard Wheeler, who has served as interim provost since January 2010.

           Pardie has served as interim provost since January 2011, and will assume the position on a permanent basis July 1. She joined the Springfield campus as a psychology professor in 1989, and also has served as chair of the Psychology Department, interim associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and associate vice chancellor for Graduate Education & Research.

           She earned her bachelor's degree at the University of Iowa, and a doctorate from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Schiffer, associate vice president for research and director of strategic initiatives at Pennsylvania State University, will assume his new duties Aug. 16, heading research on the Urbana-Champaign campus. The position has been held on an interim basis by Debasish Dutta, dean of the Graduate College.

           A professor of physics at Penn State since 2003, Schiffer earned his bachelor's degree from Yale University, and a doctorate from Stanford University.

Continuing budget authorization

           The board also approved a resolution Thursday to keep the University operating legally after its current fiscal year ends June 30. The annual resolution is required to pay bills and maintain operations until the state finalizes a new budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

           The resolution authorizes expenditures based on fiscal 2012 funding levels until the state's fiscal 2013 budget is in place.

           The University's total operating budget for fiscal 2012 was $5 billion.

           The University's operating budget for fiscal 2013 will be considered by the board in September.


The University of Illinois is a world leader in research and discovery, the largest educational institution in the state with more than 77,000 students, 22,000 faculty and staff, and campuses in Urbana-Champaign, Chicago and Springfield. The U of I awards more than 19,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees annually.