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  • William C. Jackson

    William C. Jackson to lead Discovery Partners Institute

    William C. Jackson, a former president at Johnson Controls and an alumnus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been named to head the Discovery Partners Institute (DPI), the world-class center for research and innovation led by the U of I System, President Tim Killeen announced today.

  • Whitman approved

    Josh Whitman was approved as the new athletic director of Urbana-Champaign's Division of Intercollegiate Athletics by the Executive Committee of the U of I Board of Trustees.

  • Tim Killeen

    Welcoming students from around the globe

    The University of Illinois System’s three universities are proud to welcome our international students with open arms. We offer hearty greetings and a most sincere Welcome to One and All!

  • Alma Mater, Chicago Skyline, Lincoln bust - university logos

    Welcoming campuses

    University of Illinois System leadership issued a massmail today to students, faculty and staff reaffirming a commitment to providing a welcoming environment for all.

  • Welcome, students

    Dear students:

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • President Tim Killeen headshot

    Watch President Killeen's presentation to the City Club of Chicago

    University of Illinois System President Tim Killeen was the guest speaker at the December 9 virtual meeting of the City Club of Chicago, where he delivered a presentation about the latest achievements and initiatives across the U of I 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.

  • woman carrying samples in lab

    Wall Street Journal: COVID-19 testing could be a viable long-term business bet

    The University of Illinois System, SHIELD Illinois and Shield T3 are featured in a Wall Street Journal Story about how COVID-19 testing could remain a key component for resuming normal life in the U.S.

  • Kara Waldrop, GLIDE art, NASA mission

    Waldrop selected for mission to investigate earth's atmosphere

    Lara Waldrop, Illinois ECE Assistant Professor and Y. T. Lo Fellow in Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been selected by NASA to develop a Solar Terrestrial Probes (STP) Science Mission of Opportunity, budgeted for $75 million.  Her mission, titled “Global Lyman-alpha Imager of the Dynamic Exosphere,”or “GLIDE” for short, was chosen for implementation after a competitive selection process and is expected to be launched in 2025. 

  • Rendering of future DPI home at the 78 in Chicago

    Walder Foundation awards DPI $1.25M

    The Walder Foundation has awarded a Discovery Partners Institute science team led by the University of Illinois at Chicago $1.25 million to develop a prototype capability for detecting COVID-19 outbreaks and trends in Chicago’s wastewater.

  • VP Schook to step down

    Vice President Lawrence Schook is stepping down in August to return to research and faculty work.

  • U of I System Virtual Town Hall Featuring President Killeen

    Virtual Town Hall

    The Illinois Alumni Association recently hosted a Virtual Town Hall featuring University of Illinois System President Tim Killeen. Listen to hear more about the latest system initiatives, and the alumni Q & A with the president.

  • portrait of Karen Whitney, interim chancellor, UIS

    Veteran university leader Karen Whitney named interim chancellor at UIS

    Karen M. Whitney, a nationally recognized higher education leader, has been selected to serve as interim chancellor of the University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS), University of Illinois System President Tim Killeen announced today. 

  • vaccines and labels spread out on table

    Vaccine requirements for faculty and staff

    University of Illinois System President Tim Killeen sent a message to all faculty and staff today outlining vaccine guidelines for the coming fall semester.

  • close-up of testing saliva samples in lab

    UW—Madison partners with U of I System's Shield T3 to expand testing

    To accomodate more regular and frequent COVID-19 testing on its campus in the spring, the University of Wisconsin—Madison announced it will partner with the University of Illinois System subsidiary Shield T3.

  • Urbana Strategic Plan Town Hall

    President Tim Killeen will host a town hall meeting about the draft strategic plan on March 14 starting at 1 pm. The meeting takes place in the Deloitte Auditorium of the Business Instructional Facility.

  • Urbana Chancellor search website

    The U of I at Urbana-Champaign seeks a new chancellor. The search website provides information about the position, the search process, how to nominate or apply, and answers the question "Why Illinois?"

  • COVID-19 update with colorized seal of the university

    Update on vaccination requirements

    President Tim Killeen sent a massmail to students, faculty and staff with updates on vaccination and mask requirements in keeping with Governor J.B. Pritzker's executive order.

  • Pack of UIC graduates in caps and gowns

    U of I trustees to consider new tuition, fee and housing rates

    The University of Illinois Board of Trustees on Wednesday received recommendations from U of I System administrators for new tuition, fee and housing rates for the 2020-21 academic year that for the first time in six years include modest increases in tuition for in-state freshmen.

  • Alma Mater, Chicago Skyline, Lincoln bust - university logos

    U of I trustees freeze undergraduate tuition rates for 2021

    The University of Illinois Board of Trustees on Thursday voted to freeze tuition for incoming in-state freshmen and non-resident undergraduates for the 2021-22 academic year.

  • U of I seal

    U of I trustees dismiss professor

    The University of Illinois Board of Trustees on Friday dismissed a tenured professor in Urbana-Champaign following allegations that he falsified and fabricated research data in federal grant applications, neglected to properly mentor his graduate students, and failed to take responsibility for errors that occurred in his lab.

  • U of I trustees approve sexual misconduct prevention measures

    The University of Illinois Board of Trustees on Thursday approved a series of recommendations by a system-wide task force that spent the last year developing a holistic approach to prevent sexual misconduct and foster a culture that ensures safety, learning and success.

  • 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.

  • bronze U of I seal

    U of I trustees approve lease to expand DPI space

    The University of Illinois Board of Trustees on Thursday approved a lease that will roughly double the amount of space now occupied by the Discovery Partners Institute’s headquarters to accommodate the growing demand for programming space.

  • U of I trustees approve land acquisition

    The University of Illinois System will acquire nearly three acres of land for expansion of the College of Medicine in Peoria (UICOMP) under an agreement approved Tuesday by the Board of Trustees Executive Committee.The 2.97-acre parcel is adjacent to UICOMP’s campus and will be purchased for $500,000 from Wald/Land Corp., a Peoria-based real estate development company.

  • John Marshall Law school entrance

    U of I trustees approve juris doctor degree at UIC

    The University of Illinois Board of Trustees on Friday established a juris doctor degree for the new John Marshall Law School at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), which will offer the city of Chicago’s first and only law degree at a public university when it welcomes its first class next fall.

  • U of I trustees approve fiscal year 2018 funding request

    A fiscal year 2018 state funding request approved by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees Thursday would restore operating revenue to levels that preceded the ongoing two-year budget impasse in the state.The proposal seeks $662.1 million for day-to-day operations at the System’s three universities during the fiscal year that begins July 1, 2017, matching the U of I System’s last full state appropriation for fiscal year 2015.

  • U of I seal

    U of I trustees appoint new leaders in key positions

    The University of Illinois Board of Trustees on Thursday approved new high-level campus leadership and passed two measures related to important capital projects.

  • Siebel model

    U of I trustees advance capital projects

    The University of Illinois Board of Trustees on Thursday helped pave the way for nearly a dozen construction projects that will ultimately total more than a quarter of a billion dollars for new or renovated classroom, research and residential facilities.

    Trustees advanced 10 projects at the U of I System’s universities in Urbana-Champaign and Chicago that will total more than $263 million when completed and will all be financed without state-appropriated capital funding.

  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign engineering campus

    U of I to lead two of seven new national AI institutes

    The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will lead two of seven new national artificial intelligence institutes, thanks to $40M in new funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture. One will focus on AI in agriculture and the other will use AI in molecule-making.

  • U of I to host supplier diversity fair

    The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will host a first-ever outreach event next month to expand business opportunities on the state’s largest campus for firms owned by minorities, women, veterans and people with disabilities.

  • Gloved staff member loading samples into a bin for processing

    U of I to expand COVID saliva testing nationally

    The Executive Committee of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees on Monday created a new university-related organization as part of a broad effort to expand the reach of saliva-based testing pioneered by U of I researchers that supports widespread testing with rapid results to limit spread of the COVID-19 virus.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • campuses of UIUC, UIC, and UIS

    U of I System universities rank high in U.S. News & World Report

    All three universities in the U of I System were ranked highly among public institutions again this year in the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings, with Top 10 ratings in a number of categories.

  • students on quads on all three university campuses

    U of I System universities rank high in latest U.S. News & World Report

    All three universities in the U of I System were ranked highly among public institutions again this year in the U.S. News & World Report 2022 Best Colleges rankings, with Top 10 ratings in a number of categories.

  • Obama presidential photo

    U of I System to present Obama with Douglas Award for Ethics in Government

    The University of Illinois System will honor former President Barack Obama on Friday, Sept. 7, with the Paul H. Douglas Award for Ethics in Government, presented annually by the system’s Institute of Government and Public Affairs (IGPA) to recognize public officials who promote the highest standards of public service.

  • iHotel entrance

    U of I System to host diverse business fair

    The University of Illinois System will host the second annual Diverse Business Opportunity Fair on Wednesday, Aug. 28 at the iHotel Conference Center in Champaign.

  • U of I seal

    U of I System team to help coordinate coronavirus response

    The University of Illinois System has established a new COVID-19 Planning and Response Team to help coordinate the system’s response to and communication about the novel coronavirus, U of I System President Tim Killeen announced Monday.

  • 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.

  • trees

    U of I System supports President Biden's climate plan

    The University of Illinois System welcomes President Biden’s publicly announced commitment to action on climate change, a serious and essential statement of the country’s resolve to lead in building a better, more sustainable future.

  • U of I seal

    U of I System supports Illinois Attorney General's challenge

    In a massmail sent today, the University of Illinois System announced its participation in a new legal effort by 18 attorneys general around the country to challenge the recent ICE restrictions on visas for international students.

  • gloved hands sorting vaccine supplies on counter

    U of I System statement on student vaccination guidelines for fall

    The University of Illinois System issued a statement today regarding vaccination guidelines for students for the fall semester.

  • 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.

  • 94,700 students strong, books in background, U of I System logo

    U of I System's fall enrollment tops 94,700

    Enrollment grew nearly 5 percent to more than 94,700 students across the University of Illinois System this fall, setting a record for the ninth straight year despite the pressures of a global pandemic, President Tim Killeen announced today.

  • Urbana-Champaign Quad

    U of I System sets innovation network priorities in Urbana

    Building a world-class center devoted to the fast-growing field of data science and expanding an award-winning Research Park are top priorities at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as the U of I System develops a new statewide innovation network to accelerate job creation and economic growth, officials announced today.

  • UIC campus

    U of I System sets innovation network priorities at UIC

    New research facilities to build on breakthroughs in therapeutic drugs and computer technology at the University of Illinois at Chicago are among top priorities in start-up plans for a new statewide innovation network that the U of I System is developing to accelerate job creation and economic growth, officials announced today.

  • U of I System seeks state funding increase

    The University of Illinois Board of Trustees on Thursday approved a request for increased state funding next year to continue building on educational and affordability initiatives that have helped push enrollment across the three-university system to all-time highs.