Karen M. Whitney became interim chancellor of the University of Illinois Springfield July 1, 2020. Whitney leads a university that serves more than 4,000 students, with 207 full-time faculty, 532 full-time staff and an operating budget of $90.77 million.

About Karen Whitney

Town Hall Meetings

Previous Town Hall Meetings
Show Me The Money Series
UIS Deficit Reduction Open Forum
Open Forum on UIS Funding Formula

UIS continues to reframe the true meaning of a liberal arts education. Our unique location and role in a capital city and as a part of the world-class University of Illinois System provides students incomparable opportunities for experiential learning.

Interim Chancellor Whitney

Important Links & Contact Information


Mailing address:

Interim Chancellor Karen M. Whitney
University of Illinois Springfield
One University Plaza, MS PAC 563
Springfield, IL 62703-5407

Chancellor’s Division Phone: (217) 206-6634
Chancellor’s Division Fax: (217) 206-6511

Email: kwhit24@uis.edu

News from the Chancellor

May 16, 2022
5.16.22  Dear Colleagues:   We made it! Knowing the Class of 2022 has walked across the commencement stage should give us all a profound…
May 03, 2022
5.2.22  Dear UIS Colleagues:   What a beautiful time to be on campus! Not only are our grounds in bloom, the community garden has been planted…
Apr 18, 2022
Dear UIS Colleagues — It is National Volunteer Month, and I am always excited to see how dedicated our university is to serving the community and each…
Apr 04, 2022
4.4.22  Dear UIS Colleagues: Spring is off to a great start at UIS. We signed a new transfer admission agreement with Illinois Central College to…
Mar 23, 2022
3.23.22 Dear UIS Students and Colleagues: Two years ago, as the COVID-19 pandemic began to take hold of our world, we found ourselves experiencing a…