Proposed wording reversal meets with faculty applause

URBANA — Two years ago this fall, then-University of Illinois President Michael Hogan proposed a title change for the three campus leaders, effectively launching a contentious debate that would set the tone for the rest of his rocky tenure at the university.

Chancellor moving ahead with 'visioning' project for university's long-term future

URBANA — Within days of arriving at the University of Illinois, Chancellor Phyllis Wise embarked on a "listening and learning tour" to get a full grasp of her new campus, its people and its strengths.

UI chancellor: Don't bet on return of state support

URBANA — The University of Illinois will have to lean more and more on private giving even after the economy improves, Chancellor Phyllis Wise said Tuesday.

Counting on state support to return to the levels of the 20th century is just "wishful thinking," Wise said at a town-hall meeting at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.

Chancellor plans town-hall meeting

URBANA — New University of Illinois Chancellor Phyllis Wise will host a town-hall meeting on campus Tuesday.

The town hall will begin at 4 p.m. in the Colwell Playhouse at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., U.

Chancellor rockets into the blogosphere

URBANA — A new University of Illinois blog debuted this week by one of the more notable names on campus: Chancellor Phyllis Wise.

New chancellor took her own path

URBANA — Phyllis Wise's father was a physician and her mother a nurse; both were professors at Ivy League universities.

No pressure here.

The parents didn't have to tell their daughter, the future chancellor, that they wanted her to earn an M.D. after her name.

New chancellor plans to listen

CHAMPAIGN — Chancellor Phyllis Wise said Tuesday that she's proud of the University of Illinois for its proactive handling of a law school data problem; she was aware of an earlier scandal, Category I, but it didn't figure into her decision to join Illinois; and promised to go on a listening tour of the campus.

UI spent $170,000 on search for new chancellor

CHICAGO — The University of Illinois spent $170,500 on its search for a new Urbana chancellor, which culminated in the hiring of Phyllis Wise.

Wise starts Oct. 1.

About $154,000 of that spending was for an executive search company and its expenses, said spokesman Thomas Hardy.

The UI released a heavily-edited 355 pages of search documents Thursday afternoon.

New UI Chancellor Phyllis M. Wise

Phyllis M. Wise, newly named chancellor of the University of Illinois' Urbana-Champaign, was introduced to the community at an introduction ceremony at the Illini Union on Tuesday August 9, 2011.

New UI leader found a way to work with state officials despite tough fiscal times

Lawmakers had their concerns about interim University of Washington President Phyllis Wise when she traveled to the state capital in Olympia, seeking support for higher education.

Wise, who becomes the chancellor of the University of Illinois' Urbana campus on Oct. 1, was an unknown quantity to the lawmakers — except for one thing: