UIS Provost Retiring This Year

Jan 20, 2016

Lynn Pardie
Credit UIS

Lynn Pardie will step down from the Provost position in May, according to an announcement sent to the university campus today. 

She's held various posts at the university for nearly 3 decades.  She's been Provost for 5 years. 

Chancellor Susan Koch sent the following:


Dear Colleagues:

I write to let you know that Provost Lynn Pardie has informed me of her intent to step down from the Provost position at the end of May, 2016.  For almost three decades, Dr. Pardie has been an integral part of the Springfield campus of the University of Illinois.  She began her career at Sangamon State University in 1989 as Assistant Professor of Psychology, later earning tenure and advancing in rank to Associate and then Full Professor. She served as Interim Associate Dean in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences before being appointed Associate Vice Chancellor for Graduate Education and Research, a position she held for four-and-a-half years. Dr. Pardie was then asked to serve as Interim Provost and, following a national search, was selected as Provost of the University, a position she has held with distinction for the past five years.

I want to thank Provost Pardie for her great dedication to the Springfield campus. She has been a visionary leader for the Academic Division of the University and an essential member of the campus leadership team.  Dr. Pardie’s impact can be seen across the campus – from ambitious efforts to add new academic programs, to new professional development opportunities for faculty and department chairs, to substantial growth in our student body. I am particularly appreciative that Dr. Pardie has consistently been a strong advocate for students throughout her time as Provost. Despite the challenges we have faced, she has contributed in countless ways to enabling our campus to set a course that honors the best of our history while also holding the best promise for our future. We have benefitted greatly from her expertise and experience and she will be missed.

I have already begun to consult with the Senate Executive Committee, the Dean’s Council and other leaders across the campus for advice and guidance on making an interim appointment.  This is a critically important position for the campus at a critically important time.  I will consult widely and will appreciate your input. 

In the meantime, I ask that you join me in thanking Provost Pardie for her service to the University of Illinois and wish her the best as she fulfills her final semester as Provost and moves into retirement.  


Chancellor Koch