September 6, 2011

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students,

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Christophe Pierre to University of Illinois as the Vice President for Academic Affairs, pending approval by the Board of Trustees at its September 9, 2011, meeting.

Dr. Pierre comes to us from McGill University in Montreal, where he has served as dean of the Faculty of Engineering since 2005. Prior to joining McGill he held engineering faculty and administrative appointments at the University of Michigan for two decades. He holds a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from Ecole Centrale des Arts et Manufactures de Paris in France, a master’s degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Princeton University, and a doctorate in mechanical engineering and materials science from Duke University.

I am delighted to welcome such an accomplished scholar and administrator to our University. Dr. Pierre’s dedication and vision led him to advance the quality and stature of programs at McGill University’s Faculty of Engineering. He was active in raising more than $50 million for the school and was instrumental in increasing enrollment, research funding, and faculty. In the six years that he served as dean, the number of engineering doctoral fellowships awarded rose exponentially from eight to 128.

I would like to thank the members of the search advisory committee, chaired by Dr. Robert Easter, interim vice president and chancellor of the Urbana-Champaign campus, for their unwavering commitment to this search.

Dr. Pierre is scheduled to begin his U of I position, pending Board approval, on October 16, 2011.

I hope you will join me in welcoming Dr. Pierre to our University. I know that, like me, you will look forward to his leadership as we work together to further advance academic programs across our campuses.


Michael J. Hogan, President
University of Illinois