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Associate Chancellor changes to take place later this spring

Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor
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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Several staff changes will be taking place later this spring in the Office of the Chancellor on the University of Illinois campus.

Lawrence Mann, associate vice chancellor for research, will become an associate chancellor, focusing mainly on policy planning and serving as liaison to the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics.  He will assume his new duties April 21, replacing Judith Rowan, who is retiring after 33 years with the university.

William Berry, a professor of advertising, journalism and media studies, and associate director of the Institute of Communications Research, also will become an associate chancellor.  In his new duties, which he will assume May 21, Berry’s primary responsibility will be to advise the chancellor on issues and policy related to the diversity of the campus faculty, staff and student body.  He also will be responsible for oversight of the campus Office of Equal Opportunity and Access (formerly the Office of Affirmative Action).

Berry will replace William Trent, a professor of educational policy studies and of sociology, who left the associate chancellor position last August to return full-time to teaching.  Rowan has assumed his duties in the interim.  Berry, whose appointment to the associate chancellor position will be half-time, as was Trent’s, will continue in his faculty appointment.

Prior to his appointment as associate vice chancellor for research in 1996, Mann held a variety of campus administrative positions.  He earned his bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University, and master’s and doctoral degrees from the U. of I.  He also is an adjunct professor in the department of educational organization and leadership.

Berry joined the university faculty in 1991 after 10 years with Ameritech and Illinois Bell in Chicago, during which time he also taught courses at Roosevelt University and Columbia College.  Prior to that, he was managing editor of Jet Magazine and a senior staff editor with Ebony Magazine.  He earned his bachelor’s degree from Morehouse College in Atlanta, and his master’s and doctoral degrees from the U. of I.