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Vice President and Chancellor Phyllis Wise

About Chancellor Phyllis Wise

General Biography

Phyllis M. Wise is Chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In this role, Dr. Wise is the chief executive officer campus and is responsible for the financial programs, campus policies, and priorities necessary to ensure that Illinois is a pre-eminent public research university with a land-grant mission and global impact. She and her leadership team work to ensure the faculty and staff have the resources to carry on cutting edge research and scholarship and that the students have a transformative educational experience. The Urbana-Champaign campus has an annual budget of $1.5 billion with more than $500 million in research expenditures. There are more than 42,000 students and nearly 1,900 tenure-track faculty members. The university is renowned for its interdisciplinary collaborations, advances in human understanding, community outreach, global partnerships, and life-changing scientific developments.

Prior to this appointment Dr. Wise was interim President of the University of Washington in 2010-2011. Before that appointment, she served as Provost and Executive Vice President at the University of Washington, a position she held for five years.

Dr. Wise was dean of the College of Biological Sciences at the University of California-Davis for three years. Prior to that, she was professor and chair of the Department of Physiology at the University of Kentucky in Lexington from 1993 to 2001. Wise also was a faculty member at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, from 1976 to 1993, promoted through the ranks to full professor of physiology in 1987.

At Illinois Dr. Wise is continuing her research in issues concerning women’s health and gender-based biology. She has been particularly interested in whether hormones influence brains of women and men during development, during adulthood and during aging.

She holds memberships in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and in the Institute of Medicine, and is also a fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr. Wise also holds positions on the governing boards of Nike, Inc., Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and First Busey Corporation.

She holds a bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College in biology and a doctorate degree in zoology from the University of Michigan. Dr. Wise also holds an honorary doctorate from Swarthmore College.


Phyllis Wise, Curriculum Vitae