Harry J. Berman
University of Illinois at Springfield
September 7, 2010
I am honored by the announcement today that, pending approval of the Board of Trustees, I will become the interim chancellor on November 1, 2010. I am grateful to President Hogan and to the Board of Trustees for their confidence in me.
UIS’ growth and progress over the past decade under Chancellor Richard Ringeisen’s leadership have been nothing short of remarkable. It has been an honor to collaborate with him on so many initiatives. I am confident that we will not break stride and that we will continue on our upward trajectory during the coming months. UIS is full of energy and momentum that will lead to new successes. Chancellor Ringeisen will not retire until next month, and that gives us several more weeks to continue planning for a smooth transition.
I am sure that many of you will have questions about what this change in leadership will mean for you and for UIS. Most of you will notice little difference on a day-to-day basis; all I ask is that you carry on the great work that you are doing to help us become one of the top five small public liberal arts universities in the nation. We are putting a transition plan into place so that I can communicate with as many people as possible at UIS and in the community as soon as possible.
To reflect just briefly on the past decade, we have attracted an increasingly diverse student body to our residential and online programs and achieved a 30 percent increase in enrollment. We changed the physical face of the campus with new, state-of-the-art educational, recreational, and housing facilities. And, perhaps most important, we solidified our identity, both within the University of Illinois and on the national scene. We will have time in the next few weeks to thank Chancellor Ringeisen more formally and more fully for his leadership. In the meantime, I extend my gratitude to him now, and at the same time, I ask for your support so that we can walk together in the next few steps of UIS’ history.