Chancellor of UIS announces retirement after leading for 9 years

Chancellor of UIS announces retirement after leading for 9 years

Ken Wolter / Shutterstock.com

Susan J. Koch, the chancellor of the University of Illinois Springfield (UIS), announced her retirement. Koch is also serving as the vice-president of the University of Illinois System. She announced that she would retire from both positions on June 30, 2020. Koch has the honor to be the longest-serving chancellor of the U of I System.

Koch served the university in the best manner and took the UIS to top of the rank in the field of regional public universities in Illinois.  The US News & World Report ranked the UIS on top of the list in terms of the top regional universities in Illinois. Koch said, “The past nine years have been among the most fulfilling of my career.” Koch praised the faculty members, students, and teachers of the UIS. She added, “It has been a privilege to work with so many outstanding faculty, staff, and students.”

Koch was very emotional in her announcement as she said, “I love the university and the community.” Tim Killeen, the president of the U of I System, admired the efforts of Koch for the betterment of the university. Killeen said, “Koch will leave a legacy that will be felt by students for generations.” The UIS achieved academic excellence during the tenure of Koch.

Killeen added, “I am grateful for her commitment, her friendship and I wish and Dennis nothing but happiness.” Koch was appointed as the chancellor of the UIS in 2011. She arranged several programs during her tenure in the field of academic interests and local employers’ interests. She also improved the scholarship programs for bringing more students to the UIS.

Koch is a firm believer in fundraising and she led several fundraising events during her tenure. The Brilliant Futures Campaign raised more than $28 million and completed in 2012. The Reaching Stellar Campaign is still ongoing and it will be completed in 2022. This fundraising campaign has already raised $33 million. The goal of this campaign is to raise $40 million. The students will surely feel her legacy for decades.

Staff writer for the Chicago Morning Star

Related Posts
University of Illinois Springfield shares coronavirus update
The University of Illinois Springfield has been monitoring the coronavirus outbreak closely. The university officials
Radio icon Tom Joyner signs off as host of ‘Tom Joyner Morning Show’
Tom Joyner is a famous radio host. He stayed on the air for the last
River North art dealer Andrew Bae announces closure of his eponymous gallery
Andrew Bae, a renowned River North art dealer, has announced his retirement. He announced that
President and CEO of Field Museum announces his retirement in 2020
The president and CEO of the Field Museum have announced his retirement on Tuesday. Richard
Teachers’ recertification credit to be boosted for learning digital skills
In adapting to remote learning, teachers have almost learn an entirely new job. For their
Awards for Phi Theta Kappa Members
Joliet Junior College’s Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society’s student’s hard work is being recognized
Illinois schools spend millions of dollars on technology even before federal rescue checks
According to a report, Illinois school leaders spent millions of dollars within weeks to cope
Families encouraged to honor teachers making a difference
The U-46 Educational Foundation has encouraged families to honor teachers making a difference. Teacher Appreciation
Superintendent Tony Sanders Awarded Honorary Doctorate
School District U-46 Superintendent Tony Sanders to be awarded an honorary doctorate of Humane Letters
JJC online classes available
Joliet Junior College has made the decision to extended the online class offerings through the