Thursday, June 4, 2020

Former president of Clarion University named interim chancellor at UIS

Karen Whitney, president emerita of Clarion University in Pennsylvania who recently served as interim chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, was named interim chancellor at the University of Illinois Springfield Wednesday. 

Susan Koch announced on Feb. 7 that she would retire as UIS chancellor effective June 30. She had served as chancellor since 2011 and was the longest serving chancellor in the University of Illinois system. 

U of I System President Tim Killeen said Whitney will bring a wealth of relevant experience to UIS and its more than 4,200 students and more than 1,100 faculty and staff. 

“Karen has deep experience working with higher education boards, administrative leaders and faculty, building consensus around common goals,” Killeen said. “At Clarion, she led an institution that is very similar to UIS in size, scope and mission. She is an ideal choice to build upon Susan’s work, which strengthened UIS and put it on the road toward becoming a regional force for progress.” 

Whitney’s appointment is pending approval by the Board of Trustees. She is expected to begin at UIS June 8 allowing her to work alongside Koch before assuming the interim chancellor role on July 1.
“I’m thrilled and honored to come to Springfield to lead a university at this incredible moment in time,” Whitney said. “I am drawn to the mission and vision of the institution, the way UIS has positioned itself to be the capital city’s university with an emphasis on leadership development, that is, I think, an extremely import role in American society today.” 

A nationwide search for a permanent chancellor is expected to begin later this year. Whitney’s appointment is for one year or until a permanent chancellor is named. 

This story appeared in The State Journal-Register on June 3, 2020. 

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

UIS star party goes virtual

The University of Illinois Springfield says it is moving one of its summer star parties online.

The next star party will be broadcasted live on Zoom (rain or shine) from 8-9 p.m. on Saturday, May 30.

John Martin, UIS associate professor of astronomy/physics, will give tips for finding Venus, the Big Dipper, and other bright stars and constellations in the late spring and early summer evening sky and answer astronomy questions submitted live. The link for the Zoom event will be posted at and @UISObservatory on Twitter.

Three other star parties are planned but at this point, those are set to be in-person. The other star parties are set for June 27, July 25, and August 11 from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

This story aired on WICS Newschannel 20 on May 26, 2020.

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Thursday, May 21, 2020

What does the future hold for education?

What does the future hold for education during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond?

It's a question that staff at the University of Illinois Springfield hope to shed light on.

A free public webinar is set for Friday, May 22 from noon to 1 p.m.

During the webinar, panelists will share their insight and foresight about what we can expect education will look like this fall and far beyond.

This story aired on WICS Newschannel 20 on May 20th.

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