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COE alum Caryn Bills has been named the new Associate Chancellor for UIC.
In this role, her duties include executive-level advisory and planning support, overseeing strategic projects, and conducting research and preparing special reports. She also will serve as the UIC liaison to the Office of the Board of Trustees and with all levels of University administration, faculty, staff and departments.
Bills will continue to serve as Director of the Office for Access and Equity on a reduced schedule. Her appointment begins Jan. 24, 2013, pending University of Illinois Board of Trustees approval, although she will serve on an interim basis until then.
Bills brings more than 25 years' experience at UIC. Since 2000, she has served in several capacities in the Office for Access and Equity (OAE), where she now is the director. She worked in the Office for Student Affairs from 1986 to 2000 and as Director of Campus Relations from 1994 to 2000. Bills was UIC's first Ombudsperson, a position she held from 1989 to 2000.
Bills is a UIC and COE alum. She earned her BA in political science in 1986 and followed that with an MEd in Instructional Leadership in 1989. She has completed her PhD coursework with a focus on higher education.
Bills, according to a statement from Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares, brings a thorough knowledge of the campus and the university.
"She understands and is committed to UIC's mission. She possesses the perfect blend of experience, skill, managerial expertise and sound judgment for this important and sensitive position. Caryn's excellent and dedicated service to UIC and her devotion to all members of our community make her the ideal choice for this position," the chancellor wrote.
Congratulations to Caryn Bills. We're proud to call her one of our own!