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President's Advisory Council

The University of Illinois System President's Advisory Council consists of a distinguished group of educators, leaders, innovators, scientists, and entrepreneurs. With shared commitments toward progress, prosperity, social equity, and justice, the council will provide a fresh and energetic approach to envisioning the post-COVID era in higher education. Utilizing our strategic framework, the council advises, assists, supports, and advocates for the U of I System on matters that drive next-generation research and innovation to solve the world's greatest challenges and create jobs and businesses. The group meets at least biannually.

Summer 2022 meeting summary and next steps


Bob Langer - Chair
David H. Koch Institute Professor, MIT

Jay Walsh - Executive Secretary
Vice President for Economic Development and Innovation, U of I System

Daniel Atkins
Emeritus W.K. Kellogg Professor of Information and Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Rafael L. Bras
K. Harrison Brown Family Chair, Georgia Institute of Technology

Gery J. Chico
Partner, Chico & Nunes, P.C.

Kareem Dale
Director and Senior Counsel, Discover Financial Services; Former Advisor to President Obama in the White House

Alan Davis
President and Vice Chancellor, Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Ric Estrada
President and CEO, Metropolitan Family Services

Michael Fassnacht
Chief Growth Officer, Clayco

Brad Henderson
Founding Chief Executive Officer, P33

Molly Jahn
Founding Principal, Jahn Research Group; Professor of Agronomy, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Interagency Personnel Agreement, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

Tom Kalil
Chief Innovation Officer, Schmidt Futures

Alan I. Leshner
Chief Executive Officer, Emeritus, American Association for the Advancement of Science and Former Executive Publisher, Science

Amy Liu
Interim President, Brookings

Shirley Malcom
Senior Advisor and Director of SEA Change, American Association for the Advancement of Science

Cora Marrett
Professor Emerita, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Aristides A.N. Patrinos
Chief Scientist, Novim Group

Lim Chuan Poh
Chairman, Singapore Food Agency

Diana Rhoten
Senior Design Strategy Consultant and Advisor

Samir Saran
President, Observer Research Foundation

Samuel Skinner
Of Counsel, Greenberg Traurig

Julia Stasch
Immediate Past President, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Mark Tebbe
Professor of Entrepreneurship, Booth School of Business, University of Chicago

Ruth Watkins
President, Strada Impact

Albert van Jaarsveld
Director General, International Institute of Advanced System Analysis

Andrea L. Zopp
Managing Partner, Cleveland Avenue


The inaugural meeting was held virtually on November 9, 2020.

Screenshot of zoom meeting with group