October 14, 2016
After an amazing 11 years at the University of Illinois, it’s my intention to retire in May of 2017 after Commencement. My time at Illinois has been the culmination of a 38-year career in higher education, where I have had the pleasure and privilege of knowing and working with countless faculty, staff and in particular, students.
I have a special place in my heart for Student Affairs and the staff in each of our units. No matter our political affiliations, busy schedules, job responsibilities, or personal problems, you always put students first and try to help them in whatever way you can. It’s why we are so skilled at adapting to new challenges and changes in students and the environment. Our focus is totally on students, helping them succeed at the University and their lives going forward.
As I hope you’d agree, it is extremely fulfilling work.
In May, I will leave the University of Illinois in very capable hands. We have a new leader in Chancellor Robert Jones, a person who understands student affairs and cares deeply about the experience of our students. The leadership of our team, the associate vice chancellors and department heads, are all extremely knowledgeable and experienced, providing a strong foundation for the future. Over the past 11 years, we have worked together to make sure students, faculty, staff, and alumni understand what we do and how critical we are to the educational mission of this great university.
I am extremely proud of our accomplishments and am ready for the next phase of my life. Until May of 2017, I’m “all in” and will do everything I can to make sure we have a smooth transition to the next vice chancellor.
Because of all we have achieved together, the future is bright for Student Affairs and the University of Illinois. Thank you for your good work. I am proud to be your colleague.
C. Renée Romano
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs