Wednesday, September 8, 2010

UIS provost Berman suggested for interim chancellor

The University of Illinois’ president wants Harry Berman, No. 2 administrator at the university’s Springfield campus since 2005, to become interim chancellor of UIS after Chancellor Richard Ringeisen retires in October.

“Harry has the respect of the entire campus and is the logical choice to head the Springfield campus while the search for a permanent chancellor proceeds,” university President Michael Hogan said in a news release Tuesday announcing his recommendation.

Berman, 63, provost and vice chancellor of academic affairs at the University of Illinois Springfield, said he doesn’t plan to apply for the permanent position.

“My commitment is to stay until a new person is in place,” said Berman, a Springfield resident and native of Philadelphia.

The university’s board of trustees is expected to approve Hogan’s recommendation at its Sept. 23 meeting in Urbana. Berman’s appointment then would take effect Nov. 1 and last during the six- to nine-month search for Ringeisen’s permanent replacement.

The appointment was featured in a September 8, 2010, article in The State Journal-Register.

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