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  • 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...

  • 2017 DELTA winners announced

    The 2017 winners of the University Administration Distinguished Employee Leadership and Team Awards (DELTA) were announced recently and honored at a reception.

  • 2018-2019 Salary Program

    Today, President Killeen announced  a 2 percent, merit-based salary program for the 2018-19 academic year.

  • 2019-20 Salary Program

    Today President Killeen announced a 2 percent, merit-based salary program for faculty, academic professional and civil service staff to take effect August 16.

  • 2019 report highlights initiatives from across the U of I System

    Impact Illinois 2019, the annual report from the University of Illinois System, highlights recent initiatives of the system, our three best-in-class universities, and our leading hospital and health sciences system.

  • 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.

  • Agreement will bring Mexican doctoral students to U of I

    The University of Illinois System signed an agreement that will bring doctoral students funded by Mexico to U of I System universities, and approved a partnership for diabetes and obesity research during a visit to Mexico last week by President Tim Killeen and a delegation of senior leaders.

    Agreements also were signed that will provide a foundation for new academic and research partnerships with Mexico’s largest university and the country’s leading research institute.

  • Alumni, students advocate for U of I System

    Nearly 250 current students and alumni met with Illinois legislators Wednesday to advocate for the University of Illinois System during its annual Day at the Capitol in Springfield. The afternoon-long event also included the U of I System’s first-ever Statehouse rally, featuring speeches in the Capitol Rotunda by legislators, a student and a graduate. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Barack Obama receives award, speaks to students

    On Sept. 7, former President Barack Obama was honored by the University of Illinois System with the Paul H. Douglas Award for Ethics in Government, presented annually by the system's Institute of Government and Public Affairs. During his visit, Obama also spoke to students at Foellinger Auditorium. 

  • 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.

  • Best wishes of the season

    Roberta and I send you our fondest greetings and best wishes for health and happiness in 2017. We hope the season brings you the warmth of family and friends, cherished memories, and peace and renewal for the new year. We have created a short video message, and I hope you will join us in celebrating all the U of I stands for this holiday season.

  • Board backs Discovery Partners Institute

    The University of Illinois Board of Trustees today gave its unanimous support to the Discovery Partners Institute (DPI), the groundbreaking new research and education enterprise led by the University of Illinois System. DPI will boost the state’s economy by addressing real-world challenges, promoting entrepreneurship, growing next-generation businesses and delivering top talent to Chicago.

  • Board secretary appointed

    President Killeen announced the appointment of longtime University of Illinois administrator Dedra “Dee Dee” Williams as secretary of the Board of Trustees and of the University, pending approval by the Board at its Jan. 21 meeting in Chicago.

  • 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.

  • Campaign fundraising for the U of I System crosses $2 billion mark

    In October 2017 the University of Illinois System officially launched a comprehensive fundraising initiative with an ambitious $3.1 billion goal. Now, less than a year and a half into the public campaigns, the U of I System has surpassed the $2 billion mark—or 64.8%—in funds raised toward this goal.

  • College of Engineering to be named in recognition of Grainger support

    The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s College of Engineering will become The Grainger College of Engineering, recognizing a new $100 million gift from The Grainger Foundation and more than $300 million in total support, after consultation with the Chancellor’s Joint Advisory Committee on Investment, Licensing, and Naming Rights and pending approval by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees.

  • 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.

  • Construction contract awarded for UIS student union

    The U of I board approved a $21.7 million contract for a student union at the U of I in Springfield at their meeting on Mar 16.

  • Defense spending an economic driver for Illinois

    Though not generally considered a state that is closely tied to military spending, a new study by the University of Illinois System shows that the defense industry has a significant impact on the Illinois economy.In 2016, the study found that total economic impact of defense spending in Illinois was nearly $12 billion, representing approximately 1.5 percent of the state’s gross domestic product and contributing to more than 136,500 jobs.

  • Discovery Partners Institute and Illinois Innovation Network

    The Discovery Partners Institute (DPI) and Illinois Innovation Network (IIN), the pillars of a new statewide innovation enterprise led by the University of Illinois System, will magnify the time-tested formula for job creation and economic growth to a massive, unprecedented scale. 

  • DPI and IIN Information and Discussion Forum meetings

    Discussion Forums wlll be held in late August at each university to provide information for faculty and staff about the Discovery Partners Institute and the Illnois Innovation Network, two key parts of the University of Illinois System's research and innovation agenda. 

  • DPI announces first round of seed funding recipients

    Helping communities utilize sustainable development strategies, creating a statewide pipeline to train computer science teachers, and integrating people with autism spectrum disorders into the technology and innovation workforce are among the projects funded in the Discovery Partners Institute’s (DPI) first round of seed grants.

  • DPI names inaugural director of academic affairs

    Phyllis Baker, whose nearly 30-year career in higher education includes experience in classrooms, research and high-level administration, has been named to lead academic activities for the Discovery Partners Institute (DPI), a pioneering new research institute led by the University of Illinois System.

  • Editorial: "What Illinois higher education could be"

    University of Illinois System President Timothy Killeen dropped by the Tribune Editorial Board on Tuesday. He delivered a refreshingly upbeat message about the state’s flagship public university system, with campuses in Chicago, Springfield and Urbana-Champaign.

  • Edwards elected chairman of U of I Board of Trustees

    Donald Edwards, an alumnus who now heads a Chicago-based private equity investment firm that he founded, was elected chairman of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees during its annual organizational meeting Thursday at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

  • First faculty hires from the President’s Distinguished Faculty Hiring Program announced

    The first seven professors have been hired under a new initiative launched by the University of Illinois System to add more world-class faculty and build on its global standing as a leader in education and innovation, President Tim Killeen announced Monday.

  • Ghosh named vice president, CFO for U of I System

    Avijit Ghosh, a former business school dean who has served in senior leadership positions across the University of Illinois System for nearly two decades, has been named the system’s permanent vice president and chief financial officer, President Tim Killeen announced today.

  • 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.

  • Holiday Greetings

    University of Illinois System President Tim Killeen and Dr. Roberta Johnson Killeen deliver best wishes for the holidays to faculty, students, staff, and friends.

  • 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                                                                                                                     

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  • Illini Success report documents graduates' post-college experiences

    Graduates from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s undergraduate programs continue to experience exceptional success in securing a “first destination” – defined as a job, enrollment in graduate school or a volunteer position – within six months of graduation, according to the newly released Illini Success report.

  • Illinois Commitment will help in-state students from middle-income families

    Through a combination of institutional, federal and state aid, including Pell Grants and Monetary Award Program grants, Illinois Commitment will provide financial awards to cover the tuition and campus fees at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for in-state students whose family income is less than $61,000, the current median family income in Illinois.

  • 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.

  • Illinois Innovation Network adds 9 new hubs

    The Illinois Innovation Network (IIN), a group of hubs across the state that aims to boost Illinois’ economy through entrepreneurship, research and workforce development, announced the addition of nine new members today. IIN now has 15 hubs, including all of Illinois’ public universities and spans the entire state.

  • Illinois Legislature Approves State Budget

    We are very pleased to share the news that the University of Illinois System will receive increased funding for operations and its first state capital funding in nine years under a fiscal year 2019 budget approved today by Illinois legislators and sent to the governor. 

  • Illinois public universities unite to advocate for increased funding

    The University of Illinois System has joined with all of the state’s public universities in a united effort to advocate for robust funding to Illinois higher education. The universities launched a statewide advocacy campaign today that includes a call-to-action for alumni and appearances from university presidents around the state to build grassroots community and legislative support for higher education.

  • Impact Illinois 2017

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

  • Impact Illinois: 2018 annual report

    The University of Illinois System's 2018 annual report, Impact Illinois, is now available online. 

  • Innovate Springfield joins UIS, becomes first hub of Illinois Innovation Network

    Innovate Springfield, a downtown Springfield innovation and business incubator, has become part of the University of Illinois Springfield (UIS) under an agreement aimed at expanding economic growth, entrepreneurship opportunities and social progress in the capital city, Chancellor Susan Koch announced today.

  • Innovation hub to be developed in downtown Peoria

    OSF HealthCare, the University of Illinois System, Illinois Central College, and the Greater Peoria Economic Development Council are joining forces to develop a Peoria Innovation Hub that will be dedicated to finding solutions to improve wellness of underserved populations, and advance systems related to food, farming, and autonomous mobility systems.

  • Innovation Index

    The Illinois Science and Technology Coalition released information about the growth of entrepreneurial activity at state universities in Illinois.

  • Investing in facilities across the U of I System

    Over the last five years, we invested $1.2 billion in construction and renovation across the Univesity of Illinois System, even as a budget impasse sharply reduced state funding. Now, we are ramping up our efforts, setting priorities to do even more. 

  • John Marshall Law School to merge into UIC

    Chicago’s largest university will be home to the city’s first public law school under an agreement approved Thursday that will make the John Marshall Law School part of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.