October 19, 2011

Dear Faculty, Staff and Students:

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Susan Kies as Secretary of the Board of Trustees and of the University, pending approval by the Board at its meeting on Dec. 2, 2011.

Susan has served as an administrator and as a faculty member on the Urbana-Champaign campus for nearly two decades and I am delighted to welcome her to her new role as secretary. Her duties will include planning for all Board and Board committee meetings, maintaining records of the board, publication of the transactions of the Board, maintaining the basic documents of the Board such as the University of Illinois Statutes, and working with trustees collectively and individually as they serve the University.

Since 2004, Susan has served as associate dean for academic affairs/curriculum development for the College of Medicine in Urbana-Champaign, helping coordinate curriculum and providing faculty support for undergraduate medical education. Susan also serves as an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Internal Medicine and a clinical associate professor in the Department of Pathology in the College of Medicine. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the Urbana-Champaign campus, and her master’s and doctor of education degrees from Oklahoma State University.

Susan will replace Michele Thompson, who will retire in January after more than 20 years as secretary. Michele has served the University with distinction and enormous grace, and I am deeply grateful for her loyalty, her professionalism and her tireless work ethic.

To ensure a smooth transition, Susan will begin her new duties, pending Board approval, as secretary-designate and will work alongside Michele for a few months.

I hope you will join me in welcoming Susan to her new position. Her leadership and vast knowledge are a perfect match for her new duties, and will serve our great university well.


Michael J. Hogan, President
University of Illinois