Administrators' retirements mean searches under way

By Melissa Mitchell

The search is on to find successors to two top university administrators
who announced their retirement plans last semester.

Associate chancellor Paul S. Riegel said a committee, chaired by Fred
Neumann, professor of accountancy and associate dean of the College of
Commerce and Business Administration, has been formed and preliminary
steps are under way in an effort to identify candidates to fill the job of
vice chancellor for administration and human resources. The position, held
now by Donald F. Wendel, currently has the title vice chancellor for
administrative affairs.

The job title will change, Riegel said, to reflect an institutional shift
in the personnel structure. Under the change, the campus's Academic
Personnel Office and the Personnel Services Office will both report to the
vice chancellor for administration and human resources.

"A position description is drafted and it should be advertised in the next
issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education," Riegel said, adding that the
university also is advertising the position in Black Issues in Higher
Education and the Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education.

"We also are going to organizations in place to help women with progress
in this area, as well as to presidents of land-grant institutions, the
Association of American Universities and those universities with large
black and Latino enrollments."

Riegel said the committee expects to continue receiving nominations and
applications through mid-March. Wendel plans to retire May 20, and Riegel
said, "we hope to have somebody in place at that time."

Another search committee that is casting its net far and wide is the one
charged with finding a successor to Joseph H. Smith, associate chancellor
and director of the Office of Affirmative Action, who is retiring in
August.

"The job description has been approved and is being circulated," said
committee chair Mildred Griggs, professor of vocational and technical
education and director of the Office for Cultural Diversity. "We also have
employed a search firm to assist us with identifying candidates."

The search committee has made contacts with several key administrators
at other institutions, Griggs said, adding that "we hope they will help us
identify the best possible candidates." The committee also is engaging in
outreach efforts to encourage women and minority applicants.

"By late spring, we hope to be able to recommend a person to the
chancellor," Griggs said. "We hope to fill the position by August," when
Smith plans to retire.

Another key search - for vice chancellor for research and dean of the
Graduate College - should be under way in the near future. A committee
has been named, but its chair, computer science professor Jane Liu, said
"it's too early to do anything; the committee hasn't met yet."

When it does, the committee will seek a permanent successor to Judith
Liebman, who stepped down from the post in May 1992 to return to
teaching in College of Engineering. The position currently is held by
Chester Gardner, who was appointed to a two-year term in fall 1992.


UIUC -- Inside Illinois -- 1994/01-20-94