Office of Advancement

The UIS Office of Advancement nurtures relationships with alumni, friends and the campus community to encourage support for UIS students, programs and the university environment.

Reaching Stellar

Reaching Stellar: The Campaign for the University of Illinois Springfield seeks to raise support for the students, faculty and staff at UIS, for the programs that elevate education and for the communities where students and graduates serve. Learn more about the Reaching Stellar Campaign

Reaching Stellar Campaign Progress

$36,848,291 / $40,000,000

Great News! As of October 19, 2020, the Reaching Stellar Campaign had raised 92.12% of the $40 million goal. The campaign concludes in 2022.


Staffing and giving update (August 2020)

To do our part to stem the COVID-19 pandemic, the majority of the Office of Advancement staff will continue to work remotely but we will offer daily office hours starting Monday, August 24. The office will be open from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Mondays and Fridays, and from 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays. Most phone calls and email messages to the office will continue to be answered remotely.

We at UIS are thankful for the continued support of our many alumni and friends. If you are moved to do so at this time, donations can be mailed to the U of I Foundation, where they will be processed as promptly as possible. The address there is: University of Illinois Foundation, PO Box 734500, Chicago, IL 60673-4500.

Donations can also be made online by visiting

Please email if you have any questions, and someone will get back to you as soon as possible to assist you.

Endowment created in honor of former Chancellor Susan Koch

The University of Illinois Foundation has created a fund to honor Chancellor Susan Koch and her husband, Dennis, upon Susan’s retirement from the University of Illinois Springfield. The fund aims to provide important opportunities for talented student-athletes to excel both in athletics and in the classroom, while they simultaneously develop leadership skills that will serve them well in the future.

Koch was the sixth chief executive in the nearly 50-year history of the university, and is set to retire June 30, 2020. Under her leadership, UIS added numerous academic programs to meet the interests of students as well as the needs of local and regional employers; built a new, award-winning $21.7 million Student Union; increased scholarship support to improve students’ access to a UIS education; and helmed many successful fundraising endeavors.

Her leadership also led to the expansion of the university’s young Division II athletics program, whose teams won individual and conference championships. In Spring 2020, Prairie Stars student-athletes earned a collective GPA of 3.52, the highest in program history. Susan and Dennis frequently attended UIS athletics games to cheer on the many Prairie Stars teams.

Featured Stories


Hailey Hollinshead
Hailey Hollinshead is all in for science. Scholarships are helping her achieve her goals.

Lincoln Center

Chancellor’s Koch news about the Lincoln Center. Read more.

Academic Excellence

Payton Raso
Payton Raso’s education was enhanced by his work for the Illinois Innocence Project. Read more.

Public Good

Elise Simmons
Elementary Education student Elise Simmons will help meet a critical need in Illinois. Read more.


Student Union artwork
The Student Union has new artwork. Read more.


Contact Us

Office of Advancement
University of Illinois Springfield
One University Plaza, MS PAC 591
Springfield, Illinois 62703-5407
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