Neal McCrillis Appointed Vice Provost for International Affairs

I am pleased to announce that Neal R. McCrillis will become the Vice Provost for International Affairs at UIC, effective March 1, 2017, pending approval by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. Dr. McCrillis is currently the Mildred Miller Fort Foundation Eminent Scholar Chair of International Education, Executive Director of the Center for International Education, and Associate Professor of History at Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia.

Dr. McCrillis joined Columbus State in 1998 and leads their internationalization efforts, which were recognized by the NAFSA Association of International Educators with a Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization. He has served in a number of capacities within the University System of Georgia, including as Chair of the System Council on International Education.

Dr. McCrillis received his B.A. from Vanderbilt University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from UIC. He is a scholar of British and twentieth-century European history and the author of The British Conservative Party in the Age of Universal Suffrage (Ohio State University Press, 1998), along with numerous articles. His current research focuses on the British response to the United States during World War I.

I want to extend my deep gratitude to Dean Bo Fernhall and the members of the search committee for the Vice Provost for International Affairs. Their outstanding work made this appointment possible. UIC is now well positioned to enhance its international programs at home and abroad, further establish its international presence, and grow its research collaborations around the world.


Susan Poser
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs