Bill Mischo, head of the Grainger Engineering Library Information Center, assumed the position of interim university librarian on February 18. Mischo came highly recommended by Dean Wilkin. Former Provost Edward Feser agreed, saying, “Bill’s many terms as an elected member of the Library’s Executive Committee demonstrate the trust placed in him by his colleagues. His experience working with the associate and assistant deans [within the Library] will ensure a smooth leadership transition during the period Dean Wilkin serves as Interim Provost.”
Mischo has been at Illinois for more than 30 years and has an extraordinary track record of leadership and innovation. He was elected as an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow in 2015 and received the Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library and Information Science from the American Library Association in 2009. Last year, Mischo was invested as The Berthold Family Professor in Information Access and Discovery; the professorship was established with a gift from Illinois alumnus and Library Friend Carol A. Berthold.