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. As a valued member of our university community, we encourage you to share this opportunity broadly with your colleagues to ensure the best possible pool of applicants for this exciting opportunity. If you wish to nominate a colleague for this position, please send the individuals name and contact information to Daniel Parker, Vice President and Managing Director, at or to Grant Higgison, Associate at Parker Executive Search at

For fullest consideration, candidates should apply and submit a letter of interest and resume by June 9, 2017. The position description can be found at:


Michael D. Amiridis, Chancellor

J. Rex Tolliver, Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Search Committee Chair