21, No. 2, July 19, 2001
Board approves two vice presidents
During its meeting July 12 in Urbana, the UI Board of Trustees approved
the permanent appointment of Chester S. "Chet" Gardner as
vice president for academic affairs, a post he has held on an acting
basis for more than a year and a half. The board also named Gardners
replacement. David L. Chicoine, dean of the UIs College of Agricultural,
Consumer and Environmental Sciences, was named university vice president
for economic development and corporate relations.
Chicoine, 54, has been dean of the College of ACES at the Urbana Champaign
campus since 1996. A member of the agricultural economics faculty, Chicoine
also is a member of the universitywide Institute of Government and Public
Affairs. His appointment is effective immediately.
In his new position, Chicoine will be the universitys senior officer
on economic development issues and initiatives and lead adviser to the
president on these matters and with state and federal agencies. He also
will have direct authority over the universitys offices and entities
involved in technology commercialization, such as campus offices that
manage technology transfer and intellectual property, and incubator
facilities. He will be responsible for university policies in such areas
as intellectual property, equity sharing and conflicts of interest and
The vice president for economic development and corporate relations
serves as a university officer and is a member of the University Policy
Council, composed of senior officers who have universitywide duties
and others representing all three campuses of the university.
Gardner, 54, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Urbana-Champaign,
is a veteran administrator who has served as vice chancellor for research,
dean of the Graduate College and acting dean of the College of Engineering,
all at the Urbana Champaign campus.
He has served as vice president for academic affairs since fall 1999,
when the incumbent, Sylvia Manning, moved to the Chicago campus where
she ultimately became UICs chancellor.
The vice president for academic affairs, working closely with campus
leaders, is responsible for overall coordination of academic planning
for the three campuses: Chicago, Springfield and Urbana Champaign, He
has key responsibilities for overseeing programs designed to ensure
the participation and success of underrepresented students, faculty
and staff. He oversees UI Online, the universitys expansive program
of electronic distance education, and UI Integrate, a five year effort
to completely redesign administrative and student computing universitywide.
As vice president for academic affairs, Gardners chief task is
as adviser to the president on matters of educational policy, academic
programs, academic personnel actions and capital and operating budget
development. He also has oversight on the Institute of Government and
Public Affairs and the UI Press. His office also represents the interests
of the university to the Illinois Board of Higher Education on matters
of academic programs and priorities.