Welcome from the President

Whether you are a student, family member, an alum, a member of our faculty or professional staff, a citizen of Illinois, or just a browser, these universities belong to you – and there is nothing quite like them! We are proudly part of the land-grant movement that was signed into law by Illinois’ own favorite son, President Abraham Lincoln, and that transformed higher education in America.

A 150-year commitment to excellence has earned us a place among the world’s most accomplished and respected universities. And we look forward with a spirit of exuberance and excitement just as much as we prize and honor our brilliant legacy.

Our three distinctive universities continue to build the human capital that is critical to the future of our state and nation, transforming the lives of students and their families by graduating more than 22,000 new alumni every year. And our graduates change the world for the better – as innovative, diverse, globally engaged citizens and leaders – enriching our culture and society, creating prosperity and serving the public good in myriad ways. Our vibrant programs of research and scholarship attract nearly $1 billion in annual funding and promise new breakthroughs to solve society’s greatest challenges and foster economic growth.

The U of I System continues to reach for new levels of excellence in teaching and learning, research and scholarship, and societal impact. We add value – every day – to the state of Illinois and we plan to make the University of Illinois System the model for public higher education in the 21st century.

- Tim


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President Timothy L. Killeen

portrait of University of Illinois President Timothy L. Killeen

President Killeen started as the 20th president of the University of Illinois in May 2015. A leading researcher in geophysics and space sciences, Killeen received his bachelor’s degree and PhD at University College London, where he earned his doctoral degree in atomic and molecular physics.