Sept. 7, 2010
It gives me great pleasure to inform you today that Provost Harry Berman is my recommendation to the University’s Board of Trustees to serve as Interim Chancellor of the University of Illinois Springfield while our search is under way for a permanent chancellor. The trustees have been advised of my nomination of Harry to fill this top campus leadership role in the interim, and they will act upon it at the Board’s scheduled Sept. 23 meeting in Urbana.
Many of you know and have worked with Harry, who has been on campus since 1977 in faculty and senior administrative roles. Since 2005 he has served as provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs. Dr. Berman has the respect of the entire campus and is the logical choice to head the campus while the search for a permanent chancellor proceeds. Harry’s knowledge of the campus and his experience in both the academic and financial administration are extremely valuable to the University. He brings strength of leadership as well as continuity at a challenging time for UIS and the University.
The search for a permanent replacement for Chancellor Richard Ringeisen, who will retire effective Oct. 31, is under way in the expectation of a new permanent chancellor being named in 2011.
In the interim, I look forward to working closely with Harry and the UIS leadership team.