November 10th

UIS welcomes President-elect B. Joseph White
 White addresses campus on plans for U of I system

The UIS campus community welcomed B. Joseph White, the newly announced successor to President James Stukel, last Wednesday with a standing ovation in Lincoln Residence Hall.

            For UIS, White said his goals are access, excellence and pride.  “I want to be sure that everyone associated with the University of Illinois is really proud of our institution and has good reason to be proud,” he said.

White took note of several staff members in the audience and extended his respect to them.  He said that the staff is the backbone of an institution, but is often the least appreciated group.  “Not by me,” he said.

According to UIS Chancellor Richard Ringeisen, White shows a wonderful understanding of the University of Illinois.

            White said his next step is “to sit down with the Chancellors--in this case Chancellor Ringeisen—and really learn the issues on this campus and make any contributions I can to them.”

According to White, smaller organizations are more entrepreneurial, innovative, faster moving, and more focused than larger institutions.  “The larger parts of the institution can learn from the smaller organizations and I’m sure that’s true of the University of Illinois,” he said

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