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Search for Vice Provost for International Affairs (VPIA): Finalists Announced

I am pleased to announce that three finalists for the new position of Vice Provost for International Affairs (VPIA) will be visiting the campus to interview over the next two weeks. I invite and encourage you to attend their public presentations, meet them and provide feedback.

The VPIA is an important new role at UIC.

This new vice provost will lead the campus in developing strategies to increase UIC’s coordinated global presence and in establishing focused and strategic relationships abroad to benefit our research enterprise, our global outreach, and our international reputation as a destination campus.

This person will also be responsible for consolidating existing international services to provide a comprehensive infrastructure for faculty and students engaging in international study and research, and to provide a welcoming and supportive environment to international students and scholars at UIC.

The units that are currently dispersed across the campus but will be brought together to report to the new VPIA include:

Please join us for public presentations by the candidates, where there will also be an opportunity to ask questions, on the following dates:

Friday, November 4
Christa Olson
Professor, Study of Culture and Society
Drake University

Public Presentation: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m., Ft. Dearborn Rm. – Student Center East

Tuesday, November 8
Nosa Egiebor
Senior International Officer & Executive Director of Global Engagement
Professor, Chemical Engineering
University of Mississippi

Public Presentation: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m., Ft. Dearborn Rm. – Student Center East

Friday, November 11
Neal McCrillis
Mildred Fort Foundation Scholar Chair of International Education
Executive Director, Center for International Education
Associate Professor, History & Geography
Columbus State University

Public Presentation: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m., 2850 University Hall

I hope that you will take this opportunity to meet the finalists, and to provide your evaluations of them to me using the form available at the search website: If you have any questions, please contact the search coordinator, Faizan Abid, at

I am very grateful to the search committee, chaired by Dean Bo Fernhall, for their excellent work in identifying these candidates.



Susan Poser
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs