Category: Chancellor Communications

Campus Message 07.20.17

Dear Faculty and Staff,

Earlier this month, I shared with you the news that a new state budget was approved for the first time in over two years. We remain extremely grateful for the budget we have been provided. While we must manage our remaining fiscal challenges carefully and strategically, we are certainly much better off today than we were a month ago.

We are still in the process of evaluating the full implications of the new budget, however, following are some details we can confirm:

  • We have received 2016/2017 funding for the Monetary Award Program (MAP) totaling over $32 million in tuition and fee awards for 8,500 undergraduate students. These grants are extremely important to our neediest students.
  • UIC will receive additional state operating support for FY17 approximately equal to our FY15 adjusted funding level. As you recall, last year we had to sequester our collective carry-forward balances to cover the significant deficit caused by the reduced state support in FY16. The FY17 funding will allow us to return approximately 39 percent of the sequestered carryforward funds to the original accounts within the next 2-3 months.
  • Due to the funding UIC will receive from the state for FY17 and FY18, we are reducing our originally planned FY18 budget reductions to 3.25 percent from 5 percent. Read more…

Campus Message 07.18.17

Dear Faculty, Staff and Students,

I am pleased to announce that I have named Garrett Klassy UIC Director of Athletics designate, pending final approval by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees.

Garrett has more than 21 years of intercollegiate athletics experience, including recent leadership positions at George Washington University, the University of Oregon, the University of Alabama, and Tulane University.

Garrett currently serves as senior associate athletics director for external relations at George Washington University, an NCAA Division 1 program with 27 teams and 95 team championships in 15 different sports. He joined the program in 2013 and is responsible for development, corporate sponsorships, sports marketing, ticket sales and communications. He also has sport administration management responsibilities for men’s basketball, baseball, women’s gymnastics and men’s soccer. His leadership and success in fund raising has led to the two largest donations in GW Athletics. Read more…

Campus Message 07.12.17

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

Earlier this year, the UIC Master Plan Advisory Committee provided recommendations — “Envisioning Our Future: 2017-2027” — to improve UIC facilities and grounds over the next decade. Our capital infrastructure must reflect the quality and impact of this institution if we are to achieve our educational, research and engagement goals; attract the best faculty and staff; and provide much-needed facilities for students. The first draft master plan was presented to internal and external stakeholders who provided thoughtful and constructive feedback. I expect the process to be completed this fall. In the meantime, I am pleased to let you know that two of the projects featured in the early discussions will be moving forward during the current academic year and you will begin to see construction activity on campus in the next several months. Read more…

Campus Message 07.06.17

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students,

Today’s legislative action to pass a balanced budget for the state is a great step forward for higher education in Illinois and for UIC. I am relieved and full of optimism as we look to the future.

I would like to thank the members of the Illinois General Assembly in both parties who stepped up and voted for a budget that provides operating funds for our public universities and MAP funds for our students. I will reach out to all state senators and representatives who supported higher education and express my gratitude to them for their efforts to end the impasse. I urge you to do the same with your local elected officials. Read more…

Campus Message 07.05.17

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students,

We are monitoring and closely evaluating the budget decisions in Springfield. As I write, the Illinois House of Representatives is tentatively scheduled to take up the Governor’s veto of the budget tomorrow. We will communicate to the campus community regarding the impact of the final outcome.

I am hopeful that we will have a resolution and a budget that provides much-needed funding for Illinois’ public universities and restoration of MAP funding for our students.


Michael D. Amiridis

This message is also available online.

Campus Message 06.27.17

Dear Colleagues,

Each fall the university hosts UIC Open House to welcome thousands of prospective students, families, friends, alumni, and community members to our campus. This year’s Open House will take place on Saturday, September 16, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. I encourage you to join us and take this opportunity to showcase your college, department, or program that day. We expect over 10,000 guests to join us at this annual event.

UIC Open House is an important part of the university’s continuing efforts to advance our outreach activities and highlight the opportunities we provide as Chicago’s public research university. The day’s agenda will provide our guests with a greater perspective and appreciation for the university’s widely diverse academic programs, research enterprise, cultural activities, and support services. Your involvement is important for us to be able to deliver the most comprehensive look at the opportunities, both academic and cultural, available to the UIC community. There are a variety of options through which your unit can help visitors learn more about UIC’s majors and programs, explore student life and housing, attend academic sessions featuring UIC faculty, and tour the grounds. Read more…

Campus Message 06.13.17

Dear Colleagues:

In March, Dr. Tyrone Forman, Associate Chancellor and Vice Provost for Diversity, announced that he would return to faculty to pursue his program of research on the nature and social consequences of intergroup prejudice and discrimination. We are thankful for all of his hard work during his tenure and proud of what has been accomplished under his leadership in making UIC a place where diversity flourishes and students, staff and faculty feel welcome and can openly express their identities.

We are now undertaking a national search for the new Associate Chancellor and Vice Provost for Diversity. Read more…

Campus Message 06.07.17

Dear Colleagues,

It is my pleasure to announce the appointment of J. Rex Tolliver as the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, pending approval by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. Rex has served as the Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs since September 1, 2016, following the retirement of Barbara Henley.

Rex joined UIC in 2015, after a national search, to serve as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Director of Campus Auxiliary Services. He has over 15 years of experience in student life, financial management, and human resources at other universities, including the University of Arizona, Louisiana State University and Idaho State University. During his tenure at UIC, he has demonstrated exceptional leadership skills and a deep understanding of and advocacy for the needs of our student body.  Read more…

Campus Message 05.19.17

Dear Colleagues:

Jim Schmidt, Director of Athletics, recently announced that he will retire from UIC on August 1, 2017, after 36 years of dedicated service building our athletic department. Jim is the longest serving athletic director in UIC’s history, as well as, within the Horizon League. During his tenure, Jim was instrumental in the development of several Flames programs that have consistently experienced regional and national success. UIC Flames have advanced to NCAA postseason competition on 49 occasions, while amassing a total of 80 conference championships. In 2015, Jim was named as the Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics.

We are pleased to inform you of the search for the Director of Athletics. The search committee will be chaired by J. Rex Tolliver, Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and will be assisted by Parker Executive Search in our recruiting efforts. Read more…

Campus Message 05.17.17

Dear Faculty and Staff,

In August of 2016, President Killeen appointed the University Alignment Implementation Team to make recommendations about moving certain organizational functions to the universities from the central university system. As a result of that process, the first phase of implementation will be to transfer three units from the University of Illinois central administration to UIC.

Effective July 1, 2017, UIC Purchasing and the Office of Business and Financial Services (OBFS) Budget Office will report to Janet Parker, Associate Chancellor for Budget and Resource Planning, and the OBFS Post Award Grants & Contracts will report to Mitra Dutta, Vice Chancellor for Research. Read more…