EIU official succeeds Vice Chancellor Wendel

By Craig Chamberlain

Charles C. Colbert, vice president for business affairs at Eastern
Illinois University, Charleston, has been named the new vice chancellor
for administration and human resources at the UI.

Colbert began his new duties Wednesday. He succeeds Donald F. Wendel, who
announced his retirement last year. The selection was the result of a
nationwide search. Colbert's appointment is pending approval by the UI
Board of Trustees.

"He has had a tremendous amount of experience, both in administrative and
academic areas, and he has been very successful in all these endeavors,"
said UI Chancellor Michael Aiken. "I'm confident he has the expertise to do
this job with great distinction."

Colbert, 51, earned a bachelor's degree from Stillman College in
Tuscaloosa, Ala., and earned a master's degree and doctorate from the
University of Georgia.

He began his career as a public school teacher and coach, and served one
year on the University of Georgia police force. In 1971, he joined that
school's division of student affairs, as an adviser for judicial programs.
In 1975, he became an administrative assistant in the office of the provost
and two years later took the same position in the office of the president.

From 1978 to 1985, Colbert was assistant to the president and affirmative
action officer at Emporia State University, Emporia, Kan. After that, he
served for three years as executive assistant vice president for academic
affairs.

Colbert went to Eastern Illinois University in 1988, as associate vice
president for academic affairs, and was named to his current position at
EIU in 1991.

Colbert said he was attracted to the vice chancellor's position because he
considers the UI "a most prestigious institution," and because he "always
has been impressed with the Champaign-Urbana community." He said he
believes his broad background in higher education will be an asset.  His
positions at Eastern were particularly valuable, he said, noting that he
acted as the university's chief negotiator in collective bargaining and as
the university's chief financial officer.

Colbert, in talking about his management style, said he "believes strongly
in two-way communication; I do a lot of listening."

Wendel has held the title of vice chancellor for administrative affairs.
The new title of vice chancellor for administration and human resources
reflects a shift in the personnel structure. The Office of Academic Human
Resources and the Personnel Services Office now will report to Colbert,
rather than to the chancellor, as under the previous system.

Other responsibilities that will continue under the vice chancellor are the
Operation and Maintenance Division; the Division of Public Safety, which
includes the campus police and fire departments; Central Stores and
Receiving; the Division of Campus Parking and Transportation; Mailing
Services; UI Willard Airport; the Division of Environmental Health and
Safety; Levis Faculty Center; and the Office of Printing Services.


UIUC -- Inside Illinois -- 1994/06-03-94