Brooke Weisenbeck Named Vice President for Presidential Development Initiatives

Critical role manages and supports development activities for president’s office efforts at University of Illinois Foundation and UI System

Reaching Stellar campaign raises record-breaking $42.48 million for University of Illinois Springfield

SPRINGFIELD — The most significant fundraising campaign in the history of the Sangamon Valley region has raised millions of dollars to benefit the University of Illinois Springfield.

Tai R. and You H. Shin Establish Humanitarian Award with $2 Million Gift

The award will honor extraordinary humanitarians and provide funding to programs at the University of Illinois.

The University of Illinois System is pleased to announce an award has been established to honor individuals who have had an exemplary impact on humanity. This new award is thanks to Tai R. (Terry) Shin and You H. (Catherine) Shin, who have generously pledged $2 million to establish the Dr. Tai R. Shin and Mrs. You H. Shin Humanitarian Award.

University of Illinois Foundation Breaks Ground for New Headquarters

Urbana, Ill.—The University of Illinois Foundation gathered staff, colleagues, and friends on May 9, 2022 to break ground for a new building that will create an innovative and collaborative new space for philanthropy in support of the University of Illinois System and its three universities in Urbana-Champaign, Chicago, and Springfield. This ceremonial groundbreaking was held on the building site near the corner of St. Mary’s Road and Fourth Street in Champaign, Ill., just east of the I Hotel and Conference Center.

Janet L. Gooch named Chancellor of University of Illinois Springfield

Janet L. Gooch, the executive vice president for academic affairs and provost at Truman State University, an accomplished higher education leader and educator, has been named chancellor of the University of Illinois Springfield and vice president for the University of Illinois System, pending formal approval by the Board of Trustees at its May 19 meeting.
Gooch will take office on July 1 and succeed interim Chancellor Karen M. Whitney, who has served in that role since July 1, 2020. Whitney followed Chancellor Susan Koch, who retired in 2020.

Ron Filler (‘70 LAS) to be inducted into the Futures Industry Association Hall of Fame

University of Illinois alumnus and philanthropist Ron Filler (‘70 LAS) will be inducted into the Futures Industry Association Hall of Fame next month at the organization’s 2022 conference in Florida. The FIA Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to the futures, options and centrally cleared derivatives markets.

Travis Shore Named University of Illinois Foundation Chief Investment Officer

The University of Illinois Foundation (“UIF” or “Foundation”) Board of Directors and Foundation President/CEO James H. Moore, Jr. today announced the appointment of Travis Shore as the new chief investment officer (CIO). Shore has been at Vanderbilt University for the past eight years leading the private and public investment teams as the deputy chief investment officer. Shore was selected after an extensive and competitive national search. He will begin his new role this spring.

UIF Student Worker Uncovers Unexpected Treasure

Ava Oros had no idea what she might find when assigned the task of helping the University of Illinois Foundation (UIF) organize information around gifts of farmland through the years as their first-ever farmland student worker.

The University of Illinois Foundation Releases FY21 Financial and Endowment Report

URBANA, Ill. — Today the University of Illinois System and the University of Illinois Foundation released fundraising information for Fiscal Year 2021. The Foundation reports $400.2 million for cash* and $446.0 million for new business**—the second year running that both figures crossed the $400 million threshold.

University of Illinois Advancement Internship Program 2021

The University of Illinois Advancement Internship seeks to increase and diversify the number of professionals in educational advancement and the experience will be primarily focused on the advancement program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, though exposure to the UI System will be included.