Chancellor’s Foreword

January 6, 2006

This strategic plan is a historic, important document for the University of Illinois at Springfield. We need this plan. I heartily endorse it and urge our many campus audiences – students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the central Illinois and global communities that we serve – to recognize where UIS is going.

We aspire to prepare students to be lifelong learners who are engaged in their communities. We aspire to become recognized as one of the top five small public liberal arts universities in the United States. That is a bold and exciting statement about the future of UIS.

This plan shows us the way. Understanding and pursuing the six goals in this plan now becomes the task of every UIS faculty and staff member.This plan is not extra work for UIS. It is our work.

I offer my sincere compliments and deepest gratitude to the Strategic Planning Committee, especially its chair, Dr. Don O’Neal, associate professor of management. This group worked diligently, wrestled with language, and crafted a vision, mission, and plan of action that will carry us forward with great energy for the next five to ten years.

Richard Ringeisen, Chancellor, UIS