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Steven Salaita discussed his new book, academic freedom Tuesday

By Marijo Enderle

October 14, 2015

by marijo enderleassistant news editorRobert Warrior interviewed Steven Salaita on Tuesday; similar to their original Salaita meeting in 2014. This time, though, the conversation was focused on why Salaita wasn’t hired, not why he should be.Nearly 200 people were in attendance for Salaita’s book tal...

Faculty members to discuss censure, background checks

By Daily Illini Staff Report

October 9, 2015

The University chapter of the American Association of University Professors will hold a public discussion about censure on Oct. 20.The discussion will be led by three faculty panelists and will focus on issues that developed from the AAUP's decision to censure the University as well as the Board of Trustees proposal to require background checks for all new employees.Harry Hi...

University secretary to retire

By Jason Chun

October 9, 2015

Susan Kies, the Secretary of the Board of Trustees, will end her 24-year-long career at the University in July. President Killeen announced Kies' decision to retire Thursday by in a University Massmail sent to University employees. “I’ve been working towards retirement for a long time,” Kies sa...

Academic Senate to urge to Board to postpone implementation of background checks

Teresa Barnes, History professor, proposes a resolution to urge the Board of Trustees to postpone the implementation of a new background check policy.

September 22, 2015

The newly approved background check policy is expected to be implemented in less than two weeks, but the Academic Senate might put it on hold. Teresa Barnes, professor of history, presented a resolution at the Academic Senate meeting Monday asking the senate to urge the Board to postpone the impleme...

University hiring freeze won’t be lifted soon

By Maggie Sullivan

September 14, 2015

The University will not be hiring additional faculty to keep up with the influx of students — at least not soon.Walter Knorr, vice president and chief financial officer, said the University administration hiring freeze that President Timothy Killeen announced July 2 is still in place and will not ...

UI Board waits on state budget, approves background check

By Maggie Sullivan

September 11, 2015

To officially kick off the academic year, the Board of Trustees approved a widely debated background check procedure, addressed the lack of a finalized state budget and discussed 10-day enrollment numbers.Background checksA new background check policy will go into effect Oct. 5 and will require all new faculty, staff, ...

Board of Trustees approves background check, discusses budget

By Maggie Sullivan

September 10, 2015

UPDATE (12:35 p.m.)Walter Knorr, vice president and chief financial officer, reported an update on the University's financial state despite still lacking finalized state appropriations for fiscal year 2016."We continue to have a spread of possible reduction ranges from $57 million, or 8.5 ...

UI still waiting on state budget

Michael Bass, Senior Associate Vice President and Deputy Comptroller, speaks at the Audit, Budget, Finance, and Facilities Meeting on Monday, Aug 31 2015.

By Maggie Sullivan

August 31, 2015

Negotiations on a state budget for fiscal year 2016 are at a standstill in Springfield and Walter Knorr, University chief financial officer, said if the state does not act soon the University won’t have a finalized budget for the Nov. 12 Board of Trustees meeting.“I make no prognostication or comm...

University background check policy recommended

By Maggie Sullivan

August 28, 2015

Many University administrators have questioned whether implementing employee background checks is the right move for the University but Patrick Fitzgerald, Board of Trustees Governance, Personnel, and Ethics Committee Chair said he is confident a policy is necessary.“I think it’s important in a Un...

Barbara Wilson officially named Interim Chancellor

By Maggie Sullivan

August 28, 2015

Barbara Wilson, the dean of LAS who has been serving as the acting chancellor for the Urbana campus, was formally recommended to serve as the interim chancellor at the Governance, Personnel, and Ethics committee meeting Thursday.“She is currently serving as acting chancellor of the Urbana campus, a...

UI trustees discuss strategies to increase donations

By Maggie Sullivan

August 19, 2015

Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposed budget cuts - 31.5 percent – to state funding for the University have loomed over administrators since last year. While legislators in Springfield continue to debate a state budget, University administrators are working to develop strategies to cope with the cuts if t...

Board of Trustees discuss changes for University

By Atoosa Sayeh

July 10, 2015

Chair Edward McMillan called the University’s Board of Trustees to two meetings Thursday to discuss various topics pertaining to the University.Both meetings took place in Chicago with video conferences held on campuses in Urbana, Rockford and Springfield. The video conference in Urbana was held in the National ...

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