Wednesday, October 20, 2010

UIS under new leadership

After more than a decade as chancellor at UIS, Richard Ringeisen turned over the reins Tuesday. Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs Harry Berman will become Interim Chancellor for the remainder of the academic year.

The chancellor's office sits empty Tuesday afternoon. Only a few tokens remain of the man who many say revolutionized U of I's Springfield campus.

"When he first took over he said there was no one on campus when you looked out the window and now there's over 5,000 students here on campus, so UIS has grown a great deal since he took over," said Matt Van Vossen, president of the UIS Student Government Association.

The man who will now sit behind the chancellor's desk is no stranger to campus. Harry Berman has worked for the university for over 30 years.

"I've known all the presidents at UIS and I've learned something from each of them," said Berman.

The change was featured by WICS-TV 20 in an October 19, 2010, report.

Watch the story on News Channel 20's website