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.