In February, Chancellor Robert Jones named John Wilkin as interim vice chancellor for academic affairs and provost designate at Illinois. Wilkin, who has served as the Juanita J. and Robert E. Simpson Dean of Libraries and University Librarian since 2013, began his new role on February 18. Chancellor Jones said, “Dean Wilkin’s seamless combination of a thoughtful, balanced demeanor along with the practical experience and working knowledge of academic operations established him as the right person for the position at this critical time.”
“I’ve been with our Library now for more than three years. I can’t say this enough—I’m extremely proud to be here. It is hard to be in this profession and not have a deep admiration for the Library at Illinois. Students and faculty, the community, and researchers around the world depend on our services and collections. I’ve always been grateful to work alongside you to advance the Library’s mission,” Wilkin expressed to staff. “I am honored to serve the campus in this temporary role, but I made it clear that I intend to return to the Library as soon as the search for a permanent provost is completed and the successful candidate can begin.”
A national search for a permanent provost is underway. Chancellor Jones hopes to select a final candidate this fall. At that time, Wilkin will return to lead the Library.
For more on the announcement, please visit go.library.illinois.edu/wilkinprovost.