Dear UIC community,
This afternoon, the University of South Carolina Board of Trustees confirmed my appointment as my 30th professorthat President. As a result, I will be leaving UIC on July 1st.
It has been a great honor to be your Chancellor for the past seven years. Together we have advanced our mission by impacting the lives of students and our community through compelling visionary research and scholarship to establish UIC as the model urban research university in the country. Together we have mastered crises by fleeing to the front and emerging stronger each time. Together we have broken record after record in enrollment, research and fundraising. Together, we’ve expanded our influence and presence with Chicago’s first public law school. Together we have revived our human and physical infrastructure. And most importantly, together we have celebrated the remarkable achievements of our students, faculty and staff.
I want to sincerely thank you for everything you do every day for our students, patients, the academic community, and the people of Chicago and Illinois—especially the most vulnerable among them. I would also like to thank you for all the interactions we have had during my tenure. I have learned much from you – and even more from our students – and I believe that as a result I am a much better person than when I arrived in Chicago.
I also want to thank President Tim Killeen and our colleagues throughout the University of Illinois system. Our values have always been aligned and we have worked together carefully and effectively. Tim and I are committed to a smooth transition this spring to ensure UIC’s momentum and create the best conditions for recruiting a new manager.
This is a bittersweet moment for me and Ero. We are excited to return to Columbia and the University of South Carolina, a place where we have spent 21 years building lasting friendships and a legacy – every member of our family – except me – has or will receive a degree from there . At the same time, we are sad to leave UIC and the city that gave us a warm hug. Chicago will forever be our second home. We will continue to follow the meteoric rise of UIC and celebrate its success.