U of I Provost Steps Down

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CHAMPAIGN – The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s News Bureau announces Provost Ilesanmi Adesida will resign from his administrative post on August 31.

Adesida said in a letter to acting Chancellor Barbara Wilson that his association with the university and its faculty and students were a “source of deep pride and fulfillment.”

“I recognize that current controversies are causing distraction to the administration and the student body, and I do not want to contribute to those distractions,” Adesida continued.

Wilson accepted the resignation. A search for his replacement will begin soon.

President Timothy L. Killeen commended Adesida for his service to the university in several positions over the past 28 years. Adesida has served as the vice chancellor for academic affairs, dean of the College of Engineering and currently serves as the Donald Biggar Willett Professor of Engineering. He became provost in 2012.

“He has been integral in faculty development, interdisciplinary research and support for all disciplines, from sciences to the humanities – reiterating standards of excellence every step of the way,” Killeen says.

Adesida will return to the faculty after his official stepping down on August 31.

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