FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                             Date:  November 21, 2001

Contact:  Cheryl D. Peck

Illinois Issues publisher accepts new position at UIS

SPRINGFIELD – UIS Chancellor Richard Ringeisen has announced the appointment of Edward Wojcicki as Associate Chancellor for Constituent Relations, a newly created position in the Chancellor’s Office, pending approval by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees.

Wojcicki will leave his current position as publisher of Illinois Issues magazine for the last nine years to assume his new post on January 1, 2002. A national search for a new publisher for the state’s leading public affairs magazine will begin in December. Illinois Issues, located within the Institute for Public Affairs at UIS, observed its 25th anniversary in January 2000.

In his new position, Wojcicki will report to and advise the chancellor on matters relating to all branches of government and will serve as the liaison with the University of Illinois Government Relations Office. He will also advise the chancellor on campus and university policy issues and will represent the chancellor on various campus and university committees.

  Ringeisen said that Wojcicki would also coordinate the chancellor’s responses to issues that are brought to the Chancellor’s Office related to the campus’ various constituencies, including students, parents and friends of the university.

“Ed Wojcicki has a comprehensive understanding of Illinois government and a keen awareness and understanding of higher education,” said Ringeisen. “As publisher of Illinois Issues, he has accumulated a storehouse of knowledge about how government and higher education work and has established ties with many public officials.  That knowledge and those relationships will greatly benefit him and this institution as he carries out his new responsibilities.”

Before coming to UIS in 1992, Wojcicki was editor of the Catholic Times, Diocese of Springfield, for seven years. He also served as editor of the Daily Review Atlas in Monmouth from 1980-85 and was marketing director for Security Savings and Loan in Monmouth from 1979-80.

In addition to being publisher of Illinois Issues, he has been Director of Institute Publications since 1996, responsible for the operation of the unit that publishes public affairs books and other materials.

Wojcicki has written hundreds of articles on a variety of issues for numerous publications since the mid-1970s. He wrote a monthly column for Illinois Issues called “Conversation with the Publisher” and occasional feature articles for the magazine. He is also the author of A Crisis of Hope in the Modern World (Thomas More Press, Chicago, 1991).

 In 1997, the Illinois Campaign Finance Project at UIS received the Most Effective Citizen Education national award from the Governmental Research Association of Birmingham, Alabama. Wojcicki directed the campaign finance project from 1994-97 and worked closely with experts in the Illinois Legislative Studies Center and the Institute for Public Affairs. He also received the “Social Concerns” award from the Diocese of Springfield in 1991, and was named “Boss of the Year” by the Springfield Jaycees in 1990.

In addition, he directed the Illinois Civic Engagement Project in 2001-02, working closely with the Institute and the Survey Research Office at UIS, in collaboration with the United Way of Illinois. He expects to continue his scholarship on the topic of citizen participation.

Wojcicki is currently a member of the board of directors of United Way of Illinois; Kids’ Count Advisory Council, Voice for Illinois Children; Ursuline Academy board; Henri Nouwen Society board; Illinois Campaign for Political Reform steering committee; Illinois Press Association, Illinois Society of Association Executives; and League of Women Voters of Illinois.

He expects to receive a master’s degree in political studies from UIS in December and has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri, Columbia. He is also a graduate of the Management Development Program at Harvard University.

For more information, Wojcicki may be reached at 206-6084.