Big man on campus

Big man on campus

A native of Greece who once eschewed the cold winters of Illinois, Andreas Cangellaris will have his hands full when he fills a hot seat in the University of Illinois' provost's office.

Congratulations are due to University of Illinois College of Engineering Dean Andreas Cangellaris on his appointment to his new job as provost.

A member of the UI's engineering faculty since 1973, he's been dean at engineering since 2013. Now he's scheduled to take over as provost on Jan. 16. Chancellor Robert Jones selected Cangellaris from among four finalists, and he brings excellent credentials for the job.

Further, when Cangellaris says he plans to remain at the UI "forever," his words ring true.

The UI needs stability in its important leadership positions. Nothing is more irritating than for top administrative hires at the UI to use their positions here as platforms to seek what they perceive as better, more prestigious jobs elsewhere.

That's not to say there aren't other, great educational institutions that offer exciting opportunities. But there's a lot to be said for loyalty and all that goes with it in terms of long-term leadership and vision for the future.

In his new role, Cangellaris will oversee a broad variety of academic and administrative units and collaborate with other top administrators on strategic plans, budget issues and academic issues.

He already has considerable experience running one of the world's finest engineering schools and shows every sign of bringing an energetic and ambitious approach to his new job.

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