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Dear Colleagues, Friends and Alumni:

On July 19, 2016, President Timothy Killeen announced that Robert J. Jones will become the 10th chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Jones will officially assume his new responsibilities on October 3, 2016. You can read the official announcement and learn more about our new chancellor here.

I am excited to welcome Dr. Jones to the Illinois family and I hope you all will join me in thanking the members of the search committee headed by Professor Antoinette Burton for their efforts in identifying our next permanent leader.

The past year was one that began with some surprising transitions and that led me to serve as Interim Chancellor. It has been a privilege to serve in that role and I am grateful for the support I have received from our faculty, students, staff and alumni. In a year of unprecedented challenges, together, we have seen the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign continue to move forward and upward.

I know that you will show that same enthusiasm and commitment to Dr. Jones and that he will quickly come to see why so many people say they came to Illinois for a job, and ended up finding a lifelong home.

Please join me in welcoming our new chancellor, Robert Jones, to Illinois.


Barbara J. Wilson

Interim Chancellor