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Jesse G. Delia to become
acting provost at Illinois
Unger, News Bureau
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. —
Jesse G. Delia, the dean of the College
of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,
will be named acting provost
and vice chancellor for academic affairs, pending approval of the
board of trustees at its July 15 meeting in Chicago.
Delia, who also is a professor of speech
communication and a research professor in the Institute
of Communications Research, was recommended for the position by
Richard Herman, the interim chancellor. Delia would begin his duties
“Jesse is our senior dean, and his leadership of our largest and
most diverse college over the last 10 years has demonstrated extraordinary
administrative skill, leadership and commitment to the academic values
of our institution,” Herman said. “By virtue of his long
service as dean and his other administrative service over the last 33
years, he combines experienced leadership with a deep knowledge of our
campus and university that few can match.”
Delia earned his bachelor of arts degree at the University of Southern
Mississippi, Hattiesburg, in 1966; his master of arts at the University
of Kansas, Lawrence, in 1969, and his doctorate at Kansas in 1970.
Delia has been dean of LAS since 1994. He began his career at Illinois
as a professor of speech in 1970. Three years later, he became a professor
of speech communication and a research professor in the Institute of
Communications Research. From 1978 to 1994, he was the head of the department
of speech communication.
He was an assistant instructor of communications and human relations
at Kansas from 1966 to 1970.