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UIS to host 24th David Dodds Henry Lecture

March 15, 2005

Dr. Constantine W. Curris

SPRINGFIELD - Dr. Constantine W. Curris, president of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, will present the twenty- fourth David Dodds Henry Lecture at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, in Brookens Auditorium, located on the lower level of Brookens Library at the University of Illinois at Springfield. The event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Curris will speak on “Public Higher Education: Is the Public Lost?”

Curris is a strong advocate for public higher education and its students and a proponent of the qualitative strengthening of institutions of higher education in order to meet public needs and expectations in the 21st century.

Curris has been associated with AASCU – a national association of over 400 public colleges and universities – since 1973 and has served as president since 1999. He previously served as president at three universities: Murray State University (Kentucky) for 10 years, the University of Northern Iowa for 12 years, and Clemson University (South Carolina) for more than four years. The student center at Murray State and the business building at Northern Iowa bear Curris’ name.

Other professional experiences include appointments to the 1998 Commission on the Future of the South, the Kellogg Commission on the Future of State and Land-Grant Universities, the Education Commission of the States, the Iowa Board of Economic Development, the South Carolina Research Authority, the Sigma Chi Foundation, and the chairmanships of American Humanics and the Iowa Task Force on Teacher Education and Certification.

A native of Kentucky, Curris received his baccalaureate and doctoral degrees from the University of Kentucky, and his master’s from the University of Illinois.

Since 1972, the David Dodds Henry lectures have presented noted educators such as James Koch, W. Ann Reynolds, Donna Shalala, and Stanley Ikenberry speaking on topics that relate to the theory, philosophy, and/or practice of the administration of higher education. Each lecture is hosted by one of the three U of I campuses; UIS last hosted the lecture in 2003.

The Henry lectures were established in 1971 by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees and the U of I Foundation to honor President Emeritus David D. Henry, who served as chief executive officer of the University for 16 years, from 1955 until his retirement in 1971. Henry’s distinguished career also included service as executive vice chancellor of New York University and president of Wayne State University. He was the author of a number of books and articles, including Challenges Past, Challenges Present (1975) and “Leadership and the Presidency” for Higher Education Bibliography (1980). Dr. Henry died in 1995.



    The University of Illinois at Springfield, one of three U of I campuses, is a small, public liberal arts university that offers 42 degree programs – 21 bachelor’s, 20 master’s, and the Doctorate of Public Administration. UIS has a special mission in public affairs and service and is known for extraordinary internships, a wireless campus, extensive online offerings, and a commitment to teaching.