25, No. 15, Feb. 16, 2006
Organizational changes planned for university administration
UI President B.
Joseph White recently announced several organizational changes within
university administration, including the creation of a vice president
and chief financial officer position in order to strengthen the university’s
“This person will be responsible for all financial functions and
will oversee the university’s revenues, costs, capital expenditures, investments
and debt,” White said in the Feb. 7 announcement. “The CFO, in cooperation
with other vice presidents, will be responsible for facilitating the university’s
budget process. Substantive budget decisions will be made by the president and
chancellors with a clear focus on building and maintaining academic excellence
and fulfilling our core missions of teaching, research, service and economic
The CFO will be comptroller of the board of trustees as well as treasurer of
the UI Foundation. Additional information about the CFO position and the search
will be forthcoming.
White said he asked Stephen K. Rugg, vice president for administration, to assume
the role of vice president for planning and administration at the time the CFO
joins the university. “Steve has agreed and I am grateful. I appreciate
the knowledge and dedication Steve will continue to bring to the university leadership
team,” White said.
In addition, White announced that Chester S. Gardner, vice president for academic
affairs, will return to faculty work effective July 1. “I have agreed to
his request,” White said. “I thank Chet for his distinguished and
valuable service to the university, and I am personally grateful for his support
and help during my first year as president.”
Gardner has held several senior administrative roles during the past decade.
He has been a faculty member of the department of electrical and computer engineering
at the Urbana campus since 1973 and
was appointed a faculty affiliate in the
department of atmospheric sciences in 1995.
White said that David Chicoine, vice president for technology and economic development,
has agreed to add academic affairs to his responsibilities on an interim basis
effective July 1.
“Over the next several months and during the interim period, I plan to
confer extensively with the chancellors, representatives of the faculty and others
about our approach to academic affairs,” White said. “A guiding principle
for me is that academic excellence is built by the departments, schools and colleges
with guidance and support from the president, chancellors and provosts.”