Susan J. Koch Announcement

Subject: Announcement of VP/Chancellor at UIS
April 4, 2011

Dear Colleagues,

High quality leaders across our three campuses, motivated to nurture environments where our talented faculty and students can excel, are essential to the continued greatness of the University of Illinois.

I am pleased to inform you today that such a leader, Susan J. Koch, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Northern Michigan University, has been selected to serve as the next Vice President and Chancellor of the University of Illinois at Springfield.

Dr. Koch will join UIS effective July 1, pending Board of Trustees approval. Susan’s quarter-century record at two regional public universities in the Midwest reflects a proven appreciation for the value of a strong liberal arts education and a deep commitment to civic engagement, both of which are hallmarks of the strong reputation our UIS campus has earned in its 40-year history.

Dr. Koch has served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at NMU since 2007. She was the associate provost and dean of the graduate college at the University of Northern Iowa. A South Dakota native, Dr. Koch earned her bachelor’s degree at Dakota State University and her master’s and doctorate degrees at the University of Northern Iowa, where she joined the faculty in 1985. Her field is health education. Additional information about Dr. Koch and this announcement can be found at

A welcome reception for Dr. Koch will take place from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. next Monday, April 11, in the Sangamon Auditorium of the Public Affairs Center at UIS.

The successful search that led us to Susan Koch is credited to our UIS search advisory committee, led by Professor Tih-Fen Ting. The committee recruited an outstanding pool of candidates, and I am grateful for their work and advice.

Finally, the UIS campus and the entire University of Illinois owe our gratitude to Interim Vice President and Chancellor Harry Berman for his leadership during this nine-month interim period. Harry has played an integral role for 35 years in the transformation and growth of the campus. Although he plans to retire soon, we look forward to his continued engagement with the UIS community.

Please join me in welcoming Susan Koch to UIS.

Mike Hogan
President, University of Illinois