Announcement of Provost for UIS

April 17, 2012

Dear Colleagues:

I am delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Lynn Pardie as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost at the University of Illinois Springfield, pending University of Illinois Board of Trustees approval.

A native of Muscatine, Iowa, Dr. Pardie is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Iowa where she was awarded a degree in Psychology with Highest Distinction and received the Ernest R. Johnson Memorial Prize for Academic Standing. She holds a Ph.D. in Psychology from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and is a licensed clinical psychologist. Dr. Pardie joined the faculty of the University of Illinois Springfield in 1989 and holds the rank of Full Professor in the Psychology Department. She has published work on stress-illness relationships, sex bias in psychological research, and sexual orientation issues, and has also conducted sponsored research on specialized sex offender probation programs. A longtime member of our university community, Dr. Pardie has received a number of university awards, including the UIS Faculty Excellence Award, which is given to faculty members who best exemplify the ideal of the teacher-scholar model and who are recognized as role models by their peers.

Dr. Pardie’s administrative career encompasses ten years of progressively responsible appointments, including Chair of the Psychology Department, Interim Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Associate Vice Chancellor for Graduate Education & Research and Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost.

In this robust search process, the search committee reviewed 72 candidates for the position before recommending the four finalists who recently made campus visits. I am deeply grateful to committee chair, Professor Mike Miller and to all twenty-one search committee members who fulfilled their charge to provide an outstanding pool of finalists.

In their assessment of Dr. Pardie’s candidacy, the search committee noted among many positive attributes, her high level of respect in the campus community, her long record of integrity and fair-mindedness, her ability to get up to speed quickly on complicated issues and her ability to research problems and bring data to bear on difficult decisions. Having worked with Dr. Pardie as Interim Provost for the past several months, I certainly agree with the search committee’s assessment. Though we were fortunate to have four excellent finalists each of whom brought robust records of achievement to their candidacy, Lynn emerged through this search process as the best choice for this critical leadership position at this particular time and I am delighted that she has accepted the position.

I have developed an excellent working relationship with Dr. Pardie since my arrival last summer. As Interim Provost she has navigated some difficult challenges with great professionalism and has proved to be a quick study on every issue. She has conducted more than sixty promotion, tenure, and reappointment reviews; garnered additional resources in support of student and faculty diversity initiatives on campus; become well-informed on complicated budgetary issues; commissioned an external review of lower-division curricula to ensure the maintenance of high quality and use of best practices; and continued to provide leadership and oversight for research administration functions on campus. She has also earned the respect of her peers and colleagues within the UI administration. To put it simply, she has done a magnificent job.

Dr. Pardie will assume the permanent position of Vice Chancellor and Provost on July 1, 2012.

I hope you will join me in congratulating Dr. Pardie and wishing her all the best as she assumes this important leadership appointment.


Susan Koch, Chancellor
University of Illinois Springfield

Chancellor Susan J. Koch