December 17, 2010
To members of the Urbana-Champaign campus community,
I am pleased to announce the formation this week of a campus committee to lead the search for a new permanent vice president and chancellor for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with the intention of having the new chancellor on board for the start of the next academic year.
I commend the campus Senate for assembling the search committee at this busy time of the year and thank physics Professor Douglas Beck for accepting my request that he serve as committee chair. Dr. Beck is an outstanding member of the faculty respected by his colleagues and students, and I am confident Doug will serve the chancellor search with equal verve.
The other members of the committee include:
James D. Anderson, Educational Policy Studies
Nicholas Burbules, Educational Policy Studies
Andreas Cangellaris, Electrical/Computer Engineering
Kim Graber, Kinesiology and Community Health
Anne D. Hedeman, Art and Design
William Maher, University Library/Archives
Robert Warrior, American Indian Studies
Matthew Wheeler, Animal Sciences
Ruth Watkins, Liberal Arts and Sciences
Tim Barnes, International Programs and Studies
Debbie Kemphues, Office of the Provost and VCAA
Amy Allen, Engineering
Carey Hawkins Ash, (Law/Education (graduate student)
David Olsen, Business
Assisting the committee will be Jami Painter, Director of Employee Relations and Human Resources, and the executive search firm of Isaacson, Miller. The firm is experienced in executive searches for major universities and colleges, including the University of Illinois, an important asset in this search.
A website for the Urbana-Champaign campus vice president/chancellor search has been established and can be found at http://uillinois.edu/UrbanaChancellorSearch/. (The site will be live early on Dec. 17 but does not yet contain complete information.) In addition to links to core information about the campus and search information, the website will include a link to a Facebook page and a web form to accept input from our varied constituencies.
Because receiving input from you is essential, the committee also will host town hall-style meetings at which our faculty, students, staff and others may voice their suggestions and opinions.
As I am doing with the search for the vice president and chancellor of the UIS campus, I will meet regularly with the search committee, beginning as soon as next week, and will keep the University's Board of Trustees informed. I will interview the finalists, and I will make a recommendation to the trustees next spring. Again, my goal, shared by the Board and the members of the search committee, is to have an exceptional, experienced leader in higher education as the next vice president and chancellor of the Urbana campus in time for the fall 2011 semester.
The selection of the new chancellor for Urbana is potentially the most important undertaking for this campus that members of the search committee and I will have during our association with the University of Illinois. We look forward to the challenge and to working with all of you.