20, No. 7, Oct. 5, 2000
Stanley Ikenberry plans return to
by Bill Wiegand
Former UI President
Stanley O. Ikenberry has announced he will return to the Urbana campus
next year to teach, write and consult. He has expressed interested in
teaching for the College of Education.
Ikenberry served as president of the UI from 1979 to 1995. He is currently
president of the American Council on Education, the umbrella association
for the nations colleges and universities.
"Im absolutely delighted that hes coming to the University
of Illinois, and in particular that hes indicated an interest
in participating as a faculty member in the College of Education,"
said Susan Fowler, dean of the College of Education.
"We chatted during his recent visit to the UI and he told me that
he would like to be involved with educational policy analysis, given
his national perspective from the American Council on Education. He
also is interested in lecturing and working with students and collaborating
with faculty," Fowler said. "He would like to have an active
Fowler said Ikenberrys knowledge and experience would be a valued
resource to the college faculty and students.
"His experience with the American Council on Education, and his
familiarity with the private as well as public colleges and universities
around the country will be invaluable," Fowler said. "He knows
what the issues are with Congress, and he has shown an ability to work
on increased research funding and increased student loans. He has made
incredible connections through his national role and his work with Congress
and other national organizations."
Ikenberry said in his letter of resignation to ACE that this was an
appropriate time for a transition in leadership, and that he hoped a
successor could be named by June 2001.
"From a personal standpoint," Ikenberry continued, "Judy
and I sense the time is right for us as well. I will remain professionally
engaged and will be looking for opportunities to continue to serve the
community. Still, we both seek more flexibility in our lives and time
for family, writing and other interests."
Among Ikenberrys accomplishments as UI president was the transformation
of the Chicago campus by consolidating the universitys medical
center and the UI at Chicago Circle into the largest, most comprehensive
research university campus in the Chicago area. He instituted such major
academic initiatives as the $50 million Beckman Institute for Advanced
Science and Technology and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications,
both at the Urbana-Champaign.
Ikenberry served as chair of the ACE Board of Directors in 1990-91,
and also chaired the board at the National Association of State Universities
and Land-Grant Colleges (1987-88), and the executive committee of the
Association of American Universities (1994-95). He chaired the board
of directors of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
from 1994 through 1997.
Ikenberry currently serves on the boards of directors of the Smithsonians
National Museum of Natural History in Washington, the Pfizer Corporation,
and UtiliCorp United of Kansas City.