Leadership Team

The provost is the chief academic officer for the campus and is responsible for developing and assessing academic programs and supervising academic personnel policies and academic administration. Deans and directors of academic units report to the provost.

Learn about the Provost Fellows Program and current Provost Fellows.

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William Bernhard

Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost
(217) 333-6677

Assistant: Theresa Beckett
(217) 244-4115

As the Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost, Dr. Bernhard oversees the campus’ academic programs, policies, and priorities, which are designed to ensure the quality of the educational experience for students and to sustain an environment that encourages and supports academic excellence through diversity, inclusion, and free inquiry, debate, and speech. In this role, he works closely with the chancellor, the other vice chancellors, the deans of academic colleges and other units, academic staff, the Senate of the Illinois campus, and various committees in setting overall academic priorities for the campus.

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Provost’s Support Team
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Rosa Milagros Santos

Acting Executive Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs
(217) 244-3558

Assistant: Jean Hanks
(217) 300-5398

Rosa Milagros Santos is the Acting Executive Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, and the Associate Provost for Faculty Development. In her dual role, she provides leadership in the areas of academic and faculty affairs. Her portfolio includes faculty development, including faculty mentoring; support for pre-tenure and mid-career faculty; career paths for specialized faculty; leadership development; the Provost Fellows program; faculty awards; human resources; and assessment.

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Vicky Gress

Associate Chancellor and Vice Provost for Budget and Resource Planning
(217) 333-4493

Assistant: Jane Baumgartner
(217) 300-2702

Vicky Gress is the Associate Chancellor and Vice Provost for Budget and Resource Planning. In her role, Ms. Gress provides strategic budget planning and allocation advice to the Chancellor and Provost, guidance to the university in areas related to budget, finance, planning and resource allocation, leadership and management of the campus budget office, and serves as campus chief financial officer.

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Mairéad Martin

Chief Information Officer
(217) 300-9788

Mairéad Martin is the CIO. She provides the technological innovations, infrastructure, security, support and training to ensure that faculty, students and staff can focus on learning, discovery and engagement. Read full bio.

Reporting Units
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Kevin Jackson

Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education
(217) 333-6677

Assistant: Teresa Spence
(217) 300-1260

As Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, Dr. Jackson provides campus-wide leadership in the area of undergraduate education, including setting strategic directions for the undergraduate experience at Illinois, supporting innovation in classroom and in online instruction, and encouraging interdisciplinary initiatives in curriculum and pedagogy. Collaborating with colleges, schools, and other stakeholders, he works to ensure that the undergraduate experience at Illinois continues to be one of the best in the nation.

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