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  • 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.

  • Killeen

    President Tim Killeen calls on lawmakers to invest in higher education

    U of I System President Tim Killeen calls on lawmakers to provide capital funding for repairs, renovation and construction at all public universities throughout Illinois.

  • Agreement reached with State Universities Civil Service System

    Over the last year, the University of Illinois System joined other public universities in talks with the State Universities Civil Service System (SUCSS) to develop new procedures for exempting positions from the civil service system.I write to share the news that an agreement has been reached that complies with state law while still allowing us to exempt academic professional positions from the civil service system, as appropriate.

  • Alumni unite in Springfield to advocate on behalf of University of Illinois

    On Wednesday, more than 150 alumni from the University of Illinois’ three campuses will be in Springfield to meet with legislators for U of I Alumni Day at the Capitol.

  • U of I to develop faculty hiring plan

    University of Illinois President Tim Killeen announced Thursday that plans will be developed setting an ambitious goal for increased faculty hiring across the three-university system over the next five years.

  • 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.

  • President Killeen's message on state budget impasse

    President Tim Killeen sent a message to faculty, staff, and students about the state budget impasse.

  • 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.

  • Healthcare information sessions

    Benefits eligible University employees are invited to attend information sessions about proposed healthcare benefit changes. An email from CFO Walter Knorr and Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs Robert Barish gives dates and times for each U of I campus.

  • Pierre named provost at Stevens Institute

    U of I Vice President for Academic Affairs Christophe Pierre has been named provost and vice president for academic affairs at the Stevens Institute of Technology in northern New Jersey. He starts at Stevens on Sept. 1.

  • 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.

  • Killeen state funding message

    Yesterday, legislators and the governor agreed upon legislation for an initial fiscal 2017 spending plan that will fund higher education, K-12 schools and other essential state services through December.

  • 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.

  • Robert J. Jones named chancellor of Urbana campus

    Robert J. Jones, president of the University at Albany, State University of New York (SUNY), an experienced and accomplished scientist and research university leader, was named chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on Tuesday, pending formal approval by the Board of Trustees at its July 21 meeting.

  • 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.

  • Trustees approve Jones as Urbana campus chancellor

    The University of Illinois Board of Trustees on Thursday approved the appointment of Robert J. Jones, an academic leader with more than three decades of experience in public higher education, as chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

  • 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.

  • Massmail: Fiscal 2017 Salary Program

    Dear colleagues:

    I write to update you on the status of a 2016-17 salary program for University of Illinois faculty and staff.Finding a way to provide a merit-based salary program to reward employees for their hard work and dedication has been the subject of extensive discussions among leadership at the system and university levels. This is especially important on the heels of a state budget impasse that prevented a salary program for the 2015-16 academic year.Unfortunately, the budget stalemate in Springfield remains unresolved; following two partial “stopgap” appropriations, the state still does not have a full-year budget for the 2017 fiscal year that started July 1. This leaves us with uncertainty over funding that again makes a salary program fiscally imprudent at this time. As responsible stewards of the University’s future, we must be careful about committing to ongoing, increased expenses while our long-term financial picture is unclear.

  • U of I joins The Science Coalition in honoring Rep. Bill Foster

    On behalf of The Science Coalition, four leading research universities – the University of Illinois system, Northern Illinois University, Northwestern University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison – today presented a Champion of Science Award to Congressman Bill Foster of the 11th District in the Chicago area.

    The award is given to members of Congress in recognition of their commitment to funding the basic research that keeps the United States at the forefront of scientific and medical discovery and technological innovation.

  • Seidel named interim vice president for research

    H. Edward Seidel, director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign since 2013, has been named interim vice president for research for the University of Illinois System, pending Board of Trustees approval, President Tim Killeen announced Monday.

    Seidel, a leading researcher in high-performance computing and relativity and astrophysics, will assume his new role Sept. 1. He succeeds Lawrence B. Schook, who announced in March that he will step down after five years as vice president and return to his research and faculty work at the System’s universities in Urbana-Champaign and Chicago.

  • 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.

  • President Killeen welcomes students to 2016-17 academic year

    Dear students:

    I am delighted to welcome you to our 2016-17 academic year on behalf of the University of Illinois System.You may not realize it, but you are part of a bigger family that stretches far beyond the universities you call home. The U of I System touches literally every corner of our state, through its three universities in Chicago, Springfield and Urbana-Champaign; regional campuses in Peoria, Rockford and the Quad Cities; a major health education and clinical enterprise; and an Extension network that takes our scholarship into every county.

  • Welcome, students

    Dear students:

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

  • President Killeen welcomes students to 2018-19 academic year

    Welcome to our 2018-19 academic year and thank you for choosing the University of Illinois System.

  • U of I Strategic Alliances Day in Peoria held

    On August 30, University of Illinois President Tim Killeen and a delegation of senior administrators and deans from the U of I System's three universities gathered in Peoria for meetings with local alumni, state and federal lawmakers, and business and community leaders to explore new opportunities to build on existing partnerships and drive economic growth in the region. The day included roundtable discussions with top management at Caterpillar and OSF Healthcare and its Jump Trading Simulation and Education Center, as well as a debriefing session with the media.

  • 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.

  • King Li named dean of new College of Medicine

    The University of Illinois Board of Trustees on Thursday approved King Li as the inaugural dean and chief academic officer of a new engineering-based College of Medicine scheduled to open at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2018.

    Li, a renowned medical researcher, educator, inventor and clinician in molecular imaging and radiology, is currently senior associate dean for clinical and translational research at Wake Forest School of Medicine and deputy director of the university’s comprehensive cancer center. 

  • U of I System reports record on-campus enrollment

    The University of Illinois System enrolled a record 77,073 on-campus students at its three universities this fall, and total enrollment is expected to top a record 81,000 students when all online and off-campus students are counted later this year, according to enrollment statistics released Thursday.

    President Tim Killeen outlined the System’s second straight year of record enrollment during the first of a series of reports to the Board of Trustees on progress toward goals in a new Strategic Framework approved earlier this year that sets the U of I System’s vision for the future.

    Killeen said total on-campus enrollment increased 1.2 percent from last fall’s record 76,166 students System-wide, based on enrollment as of last Friday, the 10th day of classes. The 10-day figures are the traditional benchmark for enrollment data among U.S. colleges and universities.

  • Barbara J. Wilson named to System executive vice president post

    Interim University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Chancellor Barbara J. Wilson has been named executive vice president and vice president for academic affairs of the three-university U of I System, President Tim Killeen announced Monday.

    Killeen said Wilson’s appointment, subject to Board of Trustees approval, fills a newly restructured role that establishes a clear second-in-command to the president, and adds responsibilities as senior operating officer to traditional duties as chief academic officer.

  • 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.

  • Welcome new leadership

    Dear colleagues:

    I am delighted to welcome Robert Jones as the new permanent chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and to welcome former Interim Chancellor Barbara Wilson to a newly restructured leadership role with the U of I System.

  • Recent staff cuts total nearly 500; save up to $1.5 million per month

    In response to a state fiscal crisis over the last 18 months, the University of Illinois System has reduced non-instructional staff by 484, about 3 percent, and reaped additional savings through reduced utilities costs and debt refinancing.U of I President Tim Killeen said the administrative staff reduction could lead to long-term savings of as much as $1.5 million per month.Killeen said the reductions came mostly through attrition and that nearly half of the staff loss—202 employees—came in central University Administration (UA), where very constrained hiring has been in place since July 2015.

  • University of Illinois System, U of I Foundation extend fundraising success

    For 81 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.

    Figures for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2016, were announced Friday, October 7, at the Foundation’s Annual Business Meeting, with about 300 alumni and donors, including elected Foundation Board of Directors, Foundation Members, members of the President’s Council and members of the Chancellor’s Circle, in attendance.

  • UIS campus and collonade

    UIS creates three new schools, adds degrees and minors

    The University of Illinois Springfield has created three new schools to better serve students and meet the needs of our Capital Region community, including the addition of new degrees and minors that are now open for enrollment. 

  • 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.