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  • State Budget Update Message

    Dear faculty, staff, students and friends:With the start of the New Year, stopgap state funding that has helped support the University of Illinois System for the last six months ended. My priority is to vigorously advocate to restore full state appropriations for fiscal years 2016 and 2017 and going forward. In the meantime, we are committed to fulfilling the aspirational goals of our new Strategic Framework despite the current budget uncertainties. We will continue to provide a best-in-class educational experience for students, we will retain and recruit great faculty and staff, and until the state honors its obligation, we will continue to advance state Monetary Award Program grants for our students under the same conditions that we have followed since the budget impasse began. 

  • U of I System targets enrollment increase to more than 93,600

    University of Illinois President Tim Killeen will outline plans Thursday to increase enrollment over the next five years by nearly 15 percent, to more than 93,600 students across the U of I System’s universities in Urbana-Champaign, Chicago and Springfield.Killeen said the growth plan will expand academic programs by capitalizing on the unique strengths of each university, and will raise the U of I System’s commitment to Illinois students.

  • U of I approves base tuition freeze for in-state freshmen

    The University of Illinois Board of Trustees on Thursday approved tuition rates for next fall with no increase in base tuition for in-state freshmen, extending a tuition freeze at its three universities to a third straight year.The freeze is the longest since tuition rates held steady for four years in the mid-1970s – from 1974-77 – and was approved despite a budget impasse that has significantly reduced state funding for the U of I System for the last two years.

  • Koritz elected U of I board chairman

    Dr. Timothy N. Koritz, who has served on the University of Illinois Board of Trustees since 2009, was elected to a one-year term as chairman during the board’s annual organizational meeting Thursday at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

    Koritz of Roscoe, is a staff anesthesiologist at Rockford Memorial Hospital and a former clinical assistant professor at the U of I College of Medicine at Rockford. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a medical degree from Harvard University.

  • System reaffirms commitment to undocumented students

    Dear students, faculty and staff:The University of Illinois System has earned a place as a global leader in education and discovery by opening our doors wide to the most talented students – and that includes our undocumented students.Recent speculation that the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program could be eliminated only strengthens our resolve to continue in our efforts to support student welfare, success and their collective impact on the public good.

  • Statement issued on Executive Order on Immigration

    Dear students, faculty and staff:The University of Illinois System is a leader in teaching, discovery and outreach in our state, the nation and the world. Our doors are open and welcoming to talented individuals from around the globe and we pledge to ensure that this openness continues into the future. It is at the heart of our commitment to global access and extraordinary impact and is reflected in our Nondiscrimination Statement.

    We are greatly concerned about the negative consequences for members of our community and their families arising from President Trump’s recent Executive Order instituting changes in immigration policy.

    We want to assure you that we are monitoring events closely and we are working with other universities, national organizations, legal counsel and government officials to support and protect all of our international faculty, visiting scholars and students.

  • State of Illinois, U of I System Launch 'Smart State' Partnership

    The State of Illinois and University of Illinois System announced a new partnership Monday which advances Illinois as the nation’s premier ‘Smart State’, integrating next-generation technology to improve quality of life, grow the state’s economy and retain and attract residents.

  • Statement regarding State of Illinois budget

    Negotiations toward a full-year state budget are now underway in Springfield. During this process, our government relations staff and I are in constant discussions with Governor Rauner and the legislature to ensure adequate funding and fiscal predictability for the University of Illinois.

    The governor and legislators are to be commended for their efforts to reach compromise, and the U of I System stands ready to share the expertise of faculty and staff across our three universities in any way possible to help develop a workable plan to move Illinois forward.

  • U of I board approves leadership appointments

    The University of Illinois Board of Trustees approved several high-level appointments Wednesday, and named a new student-focused innovation center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to honor a lead gift from a foundation headed by alumnus and tech entrepreneur Thomas Siebel.

  • U of I System proposes new financial aid commitment

    University of Illinois President Tim Killeen announced a proposal Wednesday that would provide a minimum of $170 million in annual financial aid over five years to keep talented Illinois high school graduates in the state for college and stem a growing outflow of students to out-of-state schools.The Invest in Illinoisans, or Triple I program, will be introduced Thursday as an amendment to the proposed U of I Investment, Performance, and Accountability Commitment (IPAC), a measure pending in the legislature that would provide predictable funding for university operations over the next five years in exchange for tangible performance goals that serve the needs of the state.

  • Presidential Fellow

    Dear colleagues:

    I am pleased to announce the appointment of the newest University of Illinois Presidential Fellow – Professor Benét DeBerry-Spence of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). In this role, she will work part-time with me and others across the U of I System to promote innovation in support of our economic development mission.

  • Weinberger named U of I System’s director of federal relations

    Paul Weinberger, a veteran congressional staffer with two decades of experience on Capitol Hill and with federal agencies, has been named director of federal relations for the University of Illinois System, President Tim Killeen announced Friday.

  • Seidel named vice president for economic development and innovation

    H. Edward Seidel has been named vice president for economic development and innovation for the University of Illinois System, pending Board of Trustees approval, President Tim Killeen announced Monday.

  • Impact Illinois 2017

    The University of Illinois System's annual report, Impact Illinois 2017, is now available online. 

  • U of I Alumni Day at the Capitol: May 10, 2017

    On Wednesday, May 10, more than 100 alumni from the University of Illinois System’s three universities will unite in Springfield to advocate for higher education at University of Illinois Alumni Day at the Capitol. This event is held in conjunction with the Board of Trustees meeting, which takes place Thursday, May 11.

  • Reduced Service Days 2017

    Through an email to employees across the U of I System, President Tim Killeen announced that it will again this year provide leave benefit eligible employees with three additional paid gift days during Reduced Service Days (December 27-29). For employees in union-represented bargaining units, the plan will be discussed through the required collective bargaining process.

  • Trustees approve renovation of new medical school headquarters

    The University of Illinois Board of Trustees on Thursday approved a $15.9 million renovation for the future home of the new Carle Illinois College of Medicine at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

  • U of I System announces plan to recruit exceptional faculty

    The University of Illinois System will embark on a three-year, $60 million initiative to recruit world-class faculty to its universities in Urbana-Champaign, Chicago and Springfield, President Tim Killeen announced Thursday.

  • Roberta Johnson Killeen receives two honors for geoscience education

    Roberta Johnson Killeen, first lady of the University of Illinois System, recently received two major awards for her work in geoscience education.

  • Budget Message

    Dear friends and colleagues:

    For the third straight year, the General Assembly’s spring session ended yesterday with no agreement between legislators and the governor on a budget to support essential state services, including the University of Illinois System.

  • Walter Knorr to retire from U of I System

    Walter K. Knorr will retire from the University of Illinois System on August 31 after more than a decade as vice president, chief financial officer and comptroller, President Tim Killeen announced Friday.

  • Presidential Fellow

    Dear colleagues:

    I am pleased to announce that Professor Don Wuebbles of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will serve as our newest Presidential Fellow. An expert in climate change, air quality and other environmental issues, he will work part-time with me and others on how the U of I System can bring together its many strengths to drive urban sustainability.

  • Statement on Climate Change

    Dear friends and colleagues:

    I have watched with special interest as recent headlines refocused the world’s attention on the Paris climate accord.

    Climate science and education is a strong interest of my wife, Roberta, and me, and has been a fixture of my own teaching and research for decades. In 1998, I had the honor of helping develop the early position statement on climate change and greenhouse gases for the American Geophysical Union, the world’s largest scholarly association of earth and space scientists. In the early 2000s, I served as director of the National Center for Atmospheric Research, a federally funded laboratory that promotes discovery in climate science. And in my role as assistant director for the geosciences at the National Science Foundation from 2008 to 2012, I served as vice chair of strategic planning for the U.S. Global Change Research Program, a national effort that has driven our understanding of climate change.

    As a scientist and as president, I am proud of the University of Illinois System’s commitment to climate science and to the development of an action agenda to understand, mitigate, adapt and build resiliency to increasingly severe, human-induced climate change.

  • U of I Tele-Town Hall Call with President Killeen

    UPDATED: The Office of Governmental Relations and Illinois Connection invited the community to participate in a live telephone town hall with University of Illinois President Timothy L. Killeen on June 22.

    President Killeen addressed the state budget crisis and shared how he plans to help the U of I System weather the impasse. He then took live questions from those calling in.

    Listen to the audio recording

  • An Open Letter: State Budget Impasse Threatens Shutdown of Major U of I Construction Initiatives

    In an open letter to state legislators, University of Illinois System leaders describe how the state budget impasse threatens the shutdown of major University of Illinois construction initiatives.

  • Message to the University of Illinois Family

    Dear students, colleagues and friends:

    On behalf of the entire University of Illinois family, we join Chancellor Robert Jones and countless others in expressing our deep sense of grief over the loss of Yingying Zhang, a visiting scholar at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

  • Statement on State of Illinois Budget

    Tim Killeen, president, University of Illinois System, has released this statement regarding the State of Illinois budget:

    We are grateful to the legislators who voted to support a budget and a revenue bill that provides higher education funding for the second half of FY17 and for the full year of FY18 (with a 10% cut).

  • Statement on Budget Outcome

    Dear faculty, staff, students and friends:

    Over the last few days, the Illinois legislature has come together in bipartisan efforts to end a historic budget impasse, approving revenue and spending bills that will provide full-year funding for the University of Illinois System and other essential state services.

  • U of I retreat to examine key higher education challenges

    Important academic and campus culture issues such as free speech and immigration that are currently facing higher education across the country will be explored during a retreat Wednesday hosted by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees.

  • U of I trustees approve new top administrators

    New vice chancellors who will lead outside-the-classroom learning and support services for students at its two largest universities were among high-level appointments approved Thursday by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees.

  • Avijit Ghosh named interim CFO for U of I System

    Avijit Ghosh, a longtime University of Illinois administrator who has served in a variety of leadership roles, has been named interim chief financial officer of the three-university System, President Tim Killeen announced Thursday.

  • 2017-18 Salary Program

    Dear colleagues:

    The recent state budget impasse revealed yet again that our faculty and staff are the heartbeat of the University of Illinois System. Your commitment helped us weather two years of historic funding shortfalls without diminishing our rich legacy of excellence and world-class service to students, discovery and the public good...

  • Jon S. Davis named interim director of IGPA

    Jon S. Davis, head of the nationally ranked accountancy department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been appointed interim director of the U of I Institute of Government and Public Affairs (IGPA), Executive Vice President and Vice President for Academic Affairs Barbara J. Wilson announced.

  • Illinois enacts reforms in state purchasing

    A new package of reforms that ease state purchasing regulations will improve efficiency across the University of Illinois System, saving time and money while still safeguarding the interests of taxpayers, President Tim Killeen said.

  • Condemnation of Bigotry and Hate

    Dear colleagues, students and friends:

    The lens of history gives us many reminders of the massive human toll taken when hatred and bigotry rear their ugly heads and go unchallenged, or – through wicked intimidation – infect and persist within society.

  • Welcome, students

    Dear students:

    It is truly a pleasure to welcome you to our 2017-18 academic year across the University of Illinois family.

  • U of I System Statement on DACA

    The following message was sent today to University of Illinois System students, faculty and staff regarding the elimination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy.

  • U of I System launches initiative to add world-class faculty

    The University of Illinois System has launched a new initiative that will provide $60 million over three years to help recruit “superstar” faculty and expand leading-edge scholarship across its three universities, President Tim Killeen told the Board of Trustees on Thursday.

  • U of I System enrollment grows to more than 83,300

    Total enrollment increased 2.9 percent to more than 83,300 students across the University of Illinois System this fall, setting a record high for the fifth straight year, according to admissions data released Wednesday.

  • U of I, EIU and SIU partner to recruit southern Illinois students

    More than 150 high-achieving high school students from across southern Illinois attended a first-ever event hosted by six of the state’s public universities to keep talented students from the region in Illinois for college.

  • University of Illinois System, U of I Foundation Endowment Shows Impressive 14.1 Percent Return for FY17

    For 82 years, the University of Illinois Foundation and the University of Illinois have worked together to secure and manage private gifts from donors who are committed to the University and advancing its excellence in teaching, research and public engagement.

  • Rauner announces new initiative targeting innovation, economic growth

    The University of Illinois System will lead a new research institute that will be developed on a donated site in downtown Chicago where world-class researchers will work side-by-side with students and businesses to foster next-generation innovation and workforce development, Gov. Bruce Rauner announced Thursday.

  • U of I System launches campaigns with ambitious $3.1 billion goal

    The University of Illinois System has officially launched its largest—and most ambitious—comprehensive fundraising initiative that aims to raise $3.1 billion over the next five years to support students, faculty, academic, and research programs and facilities. 

  • U of I proposes $6.5 billion budget for fiscal 2018

    Day-to-day operating costs would remain nearly flat despite another year of record enrollment across the University of Illinois System under a proposed $6.5 billion budget for fiscal 2018 that was reviewed Monday by the Board of Trustees Audit, Budget, Finance and Facilities Committee.

  • Professor Adriana Crocker named Presidential Fellow

    U of I President Tim Killeen announced that Professor Adriana Crocker of the University of Illinois at Springfield will serve as the newest Presidential Fellow. Professor 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.

  • U of I board approves $6.5 billion 2018 budget

    The University of Illinois Board of Trustees on Thursday approved a fiscal 2018 budget that holds the line on spending while increasing enrollment to another record high and extending a tuition freeze for in-state freshmen this fall.Day-to-day operating costs will remain nearly flat, increasing by only 0.3 percent across the three-university system. Overall costs under the $6.5 billion budget are up $92.1 million, or 1.4 percent, less than the latest 2.2 percent inflation rate measured by the U.S. Labor Department.

  • U of I, City Colleges expand guaranteed admission partnership

    University of Illinois President Tim Killeen today announced that a guaranteed admission partnership with City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) has been expanded to include all three U of I System universities and that top transfers will be eligible for scholarships through a new pilot program.

  • U of I System releases set of guiding principles

    The University of Illinois System released a set of guiding principles today that lay out its position on three pressing academic and campus culture issues currently facing higher education across the country, President Tim Killeen announced.

  • Holiday Wishes

    Roberta and I send our warmest greetings and best wishes for health and happiness in 2018. We hope the season brings you joy, refreshment, and treasured times with family and friends. We have created a short video message celebrating the season, and I hope you will join us in reflecting on a successful year. Our thanks and our thoughts are with you and the entire University of Illinois System family.

    Tim Killeen                                                                                                                     

    President

  • U of I System recommends extending in-state tuition freeze

    The University of Illinois System has proposed extending a tuition freeze for in-state freshmen to a fourth straight year next fall, matching its longest consecutive rate freeze in more than four decades, President Tim Killeen announced today.