Staff, Reporting Offices

In addition to the staff listed below, several vice presidents and executive offices report to the president.


Timothy L. Killeen

Phyllis Baker
Visiting Special Assistant to the President 

Debbie L. Clabaugh
Business Manager, Urbana

Vicki Clements
Executive Assistant, Urbana

Laura Clower
Chief of Staff

Kathy Fogerson
Administrative Aide, Urbana

Trey Price
Visiting Special Projects Liaison to the President

Joyce Williams
Administrative Assistant, Chicago

Office locations


364 Henry Administration Building, MC-346
506 S. Wright St.
Urbana, IL 61801
Phone: 2l7-333-3070
Fax: 217-333-3072


414 Administrative Office Building, MC-760
1737 W. Polk St.
Chicago, IL 606l2
Phone: 312-413-9097
Fax: 312-413-8301

Presidential Fellows

The Presidential Fellows Program is sponsored by the Office of the President of the University of Illinois System. This program is designed to stimulate and facilitate projects by faculty members from across the System to help realize institutional goals. The faculty selected by the president as Fellows will work in close collaboration with the Office of the President and other System and university offices to develop projects that enhance the academic, research, economic development and civic engagement missions of the System. Learn more about the program

Antoinette Burton, Urbana 
Announcement | Biography

Dr. Burton is the Bastian Professor of Global and Transnational Studies in the Department of History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). She is also the Director of the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH) at UIUC.  Her research specialties include the history of Britain and the British Empire, as well as the history of women and gender in global perspective. As a Presidential Fellow, she will work with faculty across the U of I System to promote the legacy of interdisciplinary work in the humanities and to showcase the ways in which Illinois faculty and students are national leaders in the humanities and related fields.

Dr. Burton’s Presidential Fellow goals revolve around increasing the visibility of the humanities across the Illinois System. As part of this effort, she will help foster projects that commemorate the 150th anniversary (2017) of the University of Illinois and the centenary of the State of Illinois (2018) by bringing together a diverse variety of traditional and interdisciplinary units into conversations and events related to these historic moments. In addition, she is collaborating with Presidential Fellow Lisa Lee of UIC to encourage exchanges between faculty in the arts and in the humanities in the arenas of  design, innovation and social justice. Dr. Burton’s future plans include organizing a summer retreat for the Presidential Fellows, a series of system-wide faculty exchanges related to the humanities, and monthly meetings devoted to collaborative special projects. Her work will contribute to the System strategic framework by highlighting the centrality of the humanities to Illinois’ mission and supporting the creation of a system-wide culture of collaboration.

Adriana Crocker, Springfield
Announcement | Biography

Dr. Crocker is an award-winning teacher who specializes in Latin American politics, with a strong background in international law and women’s rights, and will work to help the U of I System expand its global reach.

As a Presidential Fellow, Professor Crocker will work with faculty across the System to promote international student exchanges and research partnerships. She is particularly interested in forging new alliances with global universities that will help reimagine student-focused teaching and learning and make the U of I System one of the world’s most sought-after destinations for both students and scholars.

Benét DeBerry-Spence, Chicago
Announcement | Biography

Dr. De-Berry Spence is a distinguished business professor of Marketing at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Her research focuses on global marketing, emerging and developing economies, and entrepreneurship, with an emphasis on community-engaged scholarship. As a Presidential Fellow, she will work with faculty across the three universities to promote innovation in support of the economic development mission of the University of Illinois System.

In particular, she will work to establish public-private partnerships, alliances, and related collaborative opportunities. Her aim is to bridge and build upon the significant knowledge resources and expertise that reside within the University of Illinois System and within a broader set of local and global external communities, constituencies, and audiences. A key focus will be to utilize the concept of an Innovation City and develop a prospectus for its implementation in the state. She will support efforts for strategic innovation-related alliances or ‘A-teams’ and initiatives underway with the President’s CEO group. Her work will inform central aspects of our System strategic pillars including: economic development, financial sustainability, engagement, research and development, innovation and collaboration, and global perspectives.

Lisa Lee, Chicago
Announcement | Biography

Dr. Lee is Director of the School of Art & Art History at University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).  She joined the university in 2006 as Director of the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum. A member of UIC’s art history and gender and women’s studies faculty, her research examines museums, critical theory, diversity, and cultural sustainability.  As a Presidential Fellow, she will work with faculty across the U of I System to enhance artistic and creative collaborations in scholarship and teaching.

As a Presidential Fellow Dr. Lee will strive to develop a creative ethos across the UI system through socially engaged public performances and arts projects that utilize the arts and culture to foster community and civic engagement on campus and beyond.  Her work highlights the inclusion of creative rights and expressions of all students, faculty, and staff along with the social and economic rights supported at large public research universities. She will create opportunities for faculty across the system to explore meaningful collaborations and collective research activities that break down disciplinary silos that can cause division and competition. She and Presidential Fellow Professor Antoinette Burton will encourage exchanges between faculty in the arts and in the humanities to explore emerging developments in the interdisciplinary field of innovation.  Her work will facilitate UI Strategic Framework by contributing to a System-wide culture of innovation, collaboration, entrepreneurship, and thoughtful risk-taking and by highlighting the centrality of the humanities and arts in human experience.

Don Wuebbles, Urbana
Announcement | Biography

Dr. Wuebbles is the Harry E. Preble Professor of Atmospheric Science at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). He is a professor in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences as well as an affiliate professor in the Departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering and in Electrical and Computer Engineering. He was the first Director of the School of Earth, Society, and Environment at UIUC and Head of the Department of Atmospheric Sciences for many years.  As a Presidential Fellow, he will work on developing and organizing a system-wide capability in urban sustainability.

In this role, Dr. Wuebbles will work to harness the University of Illinois’ capabilities in science, technology, and human capital to create more livable, prosperous, and sustainable cities.  His immediate objectives include organizing a series of discussions with a variety of city (Chicago area, Illinois, international) and U of I science, engineering, and social science leaders.  He also will explore potential research, industry, and foundation partners to support this initiative. His proposal is to formulate a plan for developing longer-term system-wide capability for urban sustainability and to explore a new center of excellence for research in urban sustainability.  His work will foster several pillars of the System strategic framework, particularly those that pertain to enhancing economic development, ensuring environmental sustainability, and investing in human capital.