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U of I’s new president will visit Springfield campus

November 2, 2004

B. Joseph White

SPRINGFIELD – The newly named president of the University of Illinois will visit the University of Illinois at Springfield on Wednesday, November 3, one day after the announcement of his selection in Chicago.  B. Joseph White, the former interim president and dean of the business school at the University of Michigan, was selected as the 16th president of the U of I by the Board of Trustees.

The selection of White is to be confirmed by Trustees at their next scheduled board meeting on November 11 in Urbana-Champaign.

White will be introduced to the UIS campus and members of the Springfield community at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the Great Room of Lincoln Residence Hall. The public is invited to attend.  LRH is located just southwest of the Public Affairs Center and parking is available in lots D and E.

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UIS Chancellor Richard Ringeisen will welcome the new president, and Board of Trustees Chairman Lawrence C. Eppley will introduce him to the gathering.

“I am confident that President-Elect White will continue the tradition of excellence that President Stukel has established,” Ringeisen said after meeting the new president Tuesday morning. “I look forward to working with him on advancing the distinctive mission of UIS and the special relationship that this campus has with the Springfield community.”

White will succeed James J. Stukel as president on Feb. 1, 2005.

“I am very excited about the opportunity to be president of the University of Illinois because everything I love about higher education the University of Illinois does and does on a large scale and does with excellence,” White said. “It is an honor and a challenge, and I look forward to it with great anticipation.”

White served as interim president of the University of Michigan in 2002, and emphasized continuity and momentum in the period after Lee Bollinger left U-M to become president of Columbia University until Mary Sue Coleman arrived from the University of Iowa to be U-M president.  Instead of returning to the faculty, White took a leave of absence to help the Fred Alger Management Co., an asset management firm in New York City, recover from major personnel losses it suffered on September 11, 2001.

White led the U-M Business School for 10 years beginning in 1991.  Under his leadership, the school achieved top ranking for its programs, increased its annual fund-raising fivefold to $26.5 million, and saw its endowment grow to $260 million from $35 million.

    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.