FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                       Date: January 13, 2003

Contact:  Cheryl D. Peck


Head of access and equal opportunity office at UIS announces resignation


SPRINGFIELD - Lawrence C. Johnson announced today that he will resign from his position as Associate Chancellor for Access and Equal Opportunity at the University of Illinois at Springfield, effective June 30.  His resignation will end a career in equal opportunity that spans more than 30 years.

“This is my tenth year at UIS, and they have been good and productive years,” he said. “I have really enjoyed working with the administration, faculty, staff and students at this campus.”  Johnson said he is leaving to pursue other interests.

UIS Chancellor Richard Ringeisen expressed his disappointment about Johnson’s decision.  “I am very sorry that Lawrence will be ending his career in equal opportunity and leaving UIS.  He has kept us on track on diversity issues and done a great deal for this campus in regard to improving the climate of equal opportunity and access.”

Johnson said his major accomplishment at UIS “has been to engender confidence and trust in my ability and integrity, thereby advancing the mission of the Office, which is ‘to foster a campus environment in which each member of the campus community enjoys her or his rights as a human being.’”

The chancellor said that a search for Johnson’s replacement will begin soon.  “This campus is committed to equal opportunity, access, and diversity,” he said.

Before coming to UIS, Johnson served in such positions as General Counsel to the


Massachusetts Office of Affirmative Action, Executive Director of the Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO), Director of Human Relations Programs at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), and Counsel for Plaintiffs in the Boston School Desegregation Case.

He is chair of the Springfield Race Relations Task Force and serves on the boards of the Springfield Urban League Achievement Matters Program, the Illinois Committee on Black Concerns in Higher Education, and the Cooperative Artists Institute (Boston, MA).

He is a graduate of St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota, and Boston College Law School.