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.

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Reaching Stellar Campaign Video

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

$35,612,000 / $40,000,000

Great News! As of May 22, 2020, the Reaching Stellar Campaign had raised 89.03% of the $40 million goal. The campaign concludes in 2022.


Endowment created in honor of 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.

The new fund aims to enhance excellence in all aspects of the athletics program at UIS. The fund shall be used at the discretion of the Athletic Director to enhance the student-athlete experience and/or to advance the overall mission and vision of Prairie Stars athletics. Funds may be used for a variety of purposes including, but not limited to, scholarships, equipment, professional development, travel, and any other investment that will enhance excellence in the UIS Athletics program.

Staffing update (July 2020)

To do our part to stem the COVID-19 pandemic, the majority of the Office of Advancement staff continues to work remotely through July and early August. For now, the UIS Office of Advancement will be open 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.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation at this time. Together, we can make a difference.

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

Phone: 217-206-6058