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UIF Names Ellen J. Ellison New Chief Investment Officer

Thu, 20 Dec 2012 10:00 am CST

The University of Illinois Foundation named seasoned investor Ellen J. Ellison as its new chief investment officer, effective Jan. 15, 2013. Ellison has more than 30 years of experience in the financial sector and was the former executive director of investments at the University of Miami.

University of Illinois to Improve Crop Yield through Photosynthesis in a New Global Effort

Mon, 10 Dec 2012 10:02 am CST

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has received a five–year, $25-million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to improve the photosynthetic properties of key food crops, including rice and cassava. The project, titled “RIPE – Realizing Increased Photosynthetic Efficiency,” has the potential to benefit farmers around the world by increasing productivity of staple food crops. Illinois research will take place at the Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB), a state-of-the-art facility whose large shared laboratories accommodate multiple groups and encourage cross-discipline interaction.

Thomas J. Farrell named President/CEO of University of Illinois Foundation

Wed, 10 Oct 2012 10:03 am CDT

The University of Illinois Foundation has selected Thomas J. Farrell, a fundraising executive who has worked at several top private universities, as its new president and CEO, according to Jane P. Donaldson, Chair of the UIF Board.

U of I, U of I Foundation Eclipse $210 Million Mark for 5th Straight Year

Fri, 28 Sep 2012 10:08 am CDT

The University of Illinois and the University of Illinois Foundation had another banner year in fundraising for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2012. The University and the Foundation registered $210.6 million in outright cash gifts, pledge payments, annuities/ life income gifts and estate distributions, according to Walter Knorr, U of I chief financial officer and treasurer of the University of Illinois Foundation. This is the fifth consecutive year that cash gifts have eclipsed $210 million. Prior to the recently concluded Brilliant Futures Campaign, the $200-million threshold was only passed once.

13 Major Gifts to Benefit Urbana-Champaign Campus of University of Illinois

Fri, 28 Sep 2012 10:07 am CDT

Thirteen private gifts totaling more than $11 million earmarked for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign were announced today (Friday, Sept. 28, 2012) at the U of I Foundation’s 77th Annual Meeting.

Lorber named UIS Vice Chancellor for Development and Senior Vice President of the U of I Foundation

Thu, 20 Sep 2012 10:11 am CDT

Jeff Lorber has been named Vice Chancellor for Development at the University of Illinois Springfield (UIS) and Senior Vice President of the University of Illinois Foundation (UIF). As Vice Chancellor and Senior Vice President, he will provide leadership for the strategy development and management of fundraising plans, priorities, and activities at UIS. Lorber will work in close collaboration with UIS Chancellor Susan Koch and UIF President Sidney Micek.

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