Retirement Announcement to Campus, January 2020

Dear Students, Faculty & Staff,

Serving as your Chancellor for the past nine years has been among the most enjoyable and fulfilling experiences of my 35 years in higher education. As a newcomer to the University of Illinois System in 2011, I stepped into my role as your Chancellor with great optimism – knowing I was taking the helm of a young university with high aspirations – a university that cares deeply about its students and their success.

My husband, Dennis, and I have called UIS and Springfield, Illinois home for nearly a decade and I am proud of everything we have achieved together.

Though it’s never easy to step away from something you love, it is time for us to begin devoting more time to our family and to pursuing new possibilities to grow and contribute.  So, today, I am announcing my retirement, effective June 30, 2020.

This was a bittersweet decision. While Dennis and I are greatly looking forward to what lies ahead, I will miss serving as your chancellor. The past nine years have been exciting, challenging, inspiring and satisfying, and I will treasure my time at UIS always.

I am grateful to have had the opportunity to work with so many talented students, faculty and staff. As the next five months unfold, I look forward to continuing our work together and to remaining a supporter of UIS for years to come.

With all best wishes,

Chancellor Koch

Chancellor Susan J. Koch