URBANA — University of Illinois political scientist Chris Mooney has been named the new director of the Institute of Government and Public Affairs.
Mooney will assume the post Aug. 16, according to the university. His appointment is subject to approval by the board of trustees, which next meets in September.
The institute’s previous director, Robert Rich, retired last August and economist Fred Giertz has been the interim director. Rich directed the institute from 1986 to 1997 and then again from 2005 until August 2012.
Mooney, the author of several books about state and local politics, has been a professor at the UI Springfield campus since 1999 and part of the institute since 2004. He holds the title of the Honorable W. Russell Arrington Professor of State Politics at IGPA and UIS.
“Professor Mooney brings a stellar record of scholarship, a thorough knowledge of Illinois and its politics, and a wealth of administrative experience to the director’s position,” wrote UI Vice President of Academic Affairs Christophe Pierre in an announcement to staff about the appointment.
Mooney also held faculty positions at West Virginia University and the University of Essex. His degrees are from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.