Our Staff

Meet the Executive Staff of the Division of Student Affairs at UIS:


Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Dr. Clarice Ford

Dr. Clarice Ford

Dr. Clarice Ford

Email: cford21@uis.edu 

Dr. Ford oversees all areas in Student Affairs


Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Multicultural Education from Anitoch University; Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from Fielding Graduate University


Dr. Ford came to UIS from Berry College, Rome Georgia, where she served as the Associate Dean of Multicultural Affairs. Prior to that she worked at Youngstown State University and The Ohio State University in the areas of Student Affairs

Associate Vice Chancellor/ Dean of Students

James C. Korte Picture of Jim Korte
Email: jkort1@uis.edu

Bachelor of Science (Psychology) 1975, Loyola University of Chicago
Master of Education (Guidance and Counseling) 1978, Loyola University of Chicago

Mr. Korte oversees the following units:

  • Advocacy and Assistance
  • Career Services
  • Counseling Center
  • Disability Services
  • Health Services
  • Student Discipline
  • Student Life
  • Student Publications
  • Veterans Affairs
  • Volunteer Services
  • Women’s Center

Mr. Korte came to UIS (then Sangamon State University) in 1981 from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. He served as Director of Housing for SSU from 1981 until 2002 when he moved to his current position.

Assistant Vice Chancellor Student Affairs/

Executive Director of Auxiliary Services

Dr. Van Lee Vieregge

Email: vvier2@uis.edu Van Vieregge picture


Bachelor of Science (Finance), Southern Illinois University EdwardsvilleMaster of Business Administration, Southern Illinois University EdwardsvilleDoctor of Education in Higher Education Administration, Saint Louis University

Dr. Vieregge oversees the following units:

  • Campus Bookstore
  • Cox Children’s Center
  • Food Services
  • Residence Life
  • Campus Recreation

Dr. Vieregge came to UIS from Saint Louis University, where he served as the Director of Business and Auxiliary Services for Student Development.  Prior to that he was the Business Administrator at Graham Correctional Center and worked for many years with the Illinois Department of Transportation.  Other positions include full time adjunct faculty at Greenville College since 1997, as adjunct faculty at Blackburn College for three years and as an instructor for Lake Land College for 2 years.


Assistant to the Vice Chancellor

Christina Ryan

Christina Ryan

Christina D. Ryan

Email: cryan1@uis.edu

Bachelors Degree, Management, University of Illinois at Springfield
Masters Degree in Business Administration, University of Illinois at Springfield

Prior Work Experience at UIS:  23 years at UIS in various offices,
Account Technician, OBFS Accounting Office
Business Manager, Illinois Issues magazine / Center for State Policy and Leadership



Administrative Aide to the Vice Chancellor

Picture of Tisha Palmer

Tisha Palmer

Email: palmer.tisha@uis.edu

Prior to working for student affairs, Tisha was Administrative Aide for the Vice Chancellor of Business and Administrative Services and the SSU Foundation office.  Tisha has been working for SSU/UIS for 23 years.