Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,
I am pleased to report that the University-wide strategic planning initiative is progressing and ask that you "save the date" for a second round of town hall meetings next month, providing you another opportunity to participate in the iterative process leading to our final plan. The sessions will be held:
March 2nd, from 3-4:30 p.m. on the Springfield campus, in the Brookens Auditorium
March 8th, from 2-4 p.m. on the Chicago campus, in the Thompson Rooms, Student Center West
March 14th, from 1-3 p.m. on the Urbana campus, in the Deloitte Auditorium, College of
Business Instructional Facility
I will be at each session along with the campus chancellor, and look forward to robust and thoughtful discussions about the draft plan, which will be posted on the strategic planning website (https://www.uillinois.edu/strategic_plan/). This draft will serve as the basis for our discussion at each town hall meeting. Additionally, an email link will be provided on the website for you to submit feedback, ideas, or even suggested text.
The goal continues to be a concise and highly impactful plan for the University's future to be recommended for Board of Trustees approval in May 2016. Guiding our work is a steering committee and faculty and staff from across the U of I system.
Please visit the strategic planning website (https://www.uillinois.edu/strategic_plan/), and begin your review of the draft framework, remembering that this is an unfolding document that needs your thoughtful and reflective input.
I look forward to seeing you next month.
Dear friends and colleagues:
I am pleased to announce the appointment of Lindsay Anderson, an Urbana-Champaign graduate and former high-ranking legislative advisor in the state capital, as executive director for governmental relations for the University of Illinois, pending approval by the Board of Trustees.
She will bring more than a decade of public policy experience when she assumes her new role March 1, leading efforts to advocate for the University’s interests with federal, state and local officials and key higher education associations.
Lindsay is currently an attorney with Chicago-based McGuire Woods, where she advises clients on working with government. She rejoined the law firm in 2013, after four years as legislative director and later senior advisor in the administration of former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn. In those roles, she advised the governor and state agencies on legislation, working closely with legislators on both sides of the aisle, and also oversaw the governor’s Office of Federal Relations. Earlier, she served as assistant counsel in the office of House Speaker Michael Madigan and as a mayoral fellow in the office of former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley.
Since 2013, she also has chaired two important statewide boards that serve the University and its employees – the Illinois Board of Higher Education and the State Universities Retirement System. She was appointed to the boards by Quinn, and has continued to serve on both under Gov. Bruce Rauner; she will resign from both positions before joining the University.
Lindsay earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the Urbana-Champaign campus in 2001, and a law degree from the Chicago-Kent College of Law in 2005. In 2015, she was an Edgar Fellow, an executive leadership training program developed by former Gov. Jim Edgar and the U of I Institute of Government and Public Affairs (IGPA).
Her knowledge of the University and years of legislative experience will serve us well as we continue to ramp up advocacy efforts to support our students, our world-class academic and research programs, and our crucial role in driving progress and economic growth.
I am grateful to the committee that assisted in the search, headed by IGPA Director Christopher Mooney, and to interim Director of State Relations Jennifer Creasey and interim Director of Federal Relations Melissa Haas for their talents in helping to guide our legislative advocacy efforts in the interim.
Please join me in congratulating Lindsay, and welcoming her to the University of Illinois.
Read this message online [http://chancellor.uic.edu/files/messages/2016_0209_discrimination_sexual_violence.html]
Dear Faculty and Staff,
In the coming weeks, UIC will be participating in a University of Illinois online training program on issues of discrimination and sexual violence. This program is designed to reinforce the culture of respectful, consensual relationships across all of our campuses.
This online course is mandatory for all employees of the university except for our undergraduate student workers and graduate/professional students who may also be employees. This very important training is also strongly encouraged for all graduate and professional students regardless of employment.
This program fulfills state and federal requirements regarding education about domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking, and provides information on protections, resources and services available to survivors.
Details on how to complete the online training will be forthcoming. Please devote the time necessary to get the most out of this valuable educational opportunity.
The University of Illinois at Chicago has long been a place of learning, teaching and research that seeks to extend the boundaries of human understanding. In order to reach our full potential, we must ensure that our campus is a place of safety and security for all students, faculty, staff and guests.
Together we can realize our vision of a respectful campus committed to the discovery of new knowledge.
Michael D. Amiridis