FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                        Date: October 30, 2000

                                                                                                                        Contact: Lezli Austen

U of I trustees approve appointment of new business and finance head

SPRINGFIELD – The U of I Board of Trustees has appointed John Conner as the University of Illinois at Springfield’s new assistant vice president for business and finance and vice chancellor for administrative affairs. The unanimous vote came at the October board meeting in Chicago. Conner began his duties at UIS on October 16. He replaces Carl Long, who retired in September.

Connor comes to UIS from the University of Northern Iowa at Cedar Falls where he had been vice president for administration and finance and treasurer for 16 years. His tenure at UNI includes many accomplishments, such as improvements in services to the campus community and upgrades in administrative systems.

 “John Connor’s background in budget and finance, including 14 years of experience in higher education in Illinois, will greatly benefit the UIS campus,” said Chancellor Naomi B. Lynn. Conner previously served as director of business services and assistant director of budgeting at Western Illinois University and was assistant vice chancellor of academic affairs in budget and finance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC).

Conner’s duties at UIS include advising the administration on planning and operations, establishing business and financial plans for the campus, and administering Sangamon Auditorium and the campus police, as well as the various physical planning and operations, business support, management information systems, data processing, and printing and duplicating units. The position also requires representing UIS with external entities on business and financial issues, monitoring the business and financial performance of the campus, establishing and maintaining a training program for departmental business management, and establishing and monitoring a system of accountability for the business and financial performance of campus departments.

“I've been impressed with the administrators and staff I've met both within our division and across the UIS campus,” said Connor. He added, “I'm especially impressed with their desire and motivation to provide good customer service, especially to our students. This kind of ‘student first’ attitude will contribute significantly to UIS' growth and reputation as we implement the Capital Scholars program next fall and expand our programs to include first- and second-year students seeking a four-year degree.”

Conner has a master’s degree from Western Illinois University and a bachelor’s degree from UIUC.

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