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SC.04.12/ CC.04.12
April 26, 2004

Senate Executive Committee and Committee on Committees

SC.04.12/ CC.04.12 Nomination for Chair of the Search Committee to Advise the President on the Selection of a Chancellor

The University Statutes, Article I, Section 5, states: "On the occasion of the appointment of a new chancellor, the President shall have the advice of a committee selected by the Senate of the campus concerned." President James J. Stukel has asked the Urbana-Champaign Senate to submit to him the names of persons to serve on this Committee. The nominees named below have been nominated as Chair from a short list provided by the Committee on Committees after consultation with the Senate Executive Committee. In accord with procedures approved by the Senate on March 29, 2004, the President will select one of the faculty members below as Chair; the person not selected as Chair will serve as one of the committee's faculty members.


James D. Anderson (EDUC)

James D. Anderson, M.Ed. and Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), is Professor and Head of the Department of Educational Policy Studies, and Professor in the Department of History at UIUC. He has been a member of the UIUC faculty since the fall of 1974. During his tenure as a member of the UIUC faculty he has served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Graduate College (1988-1990), Chairperson of the Athletic Board of the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics (1989-1990), member of the Consultative Committee to Assist in the Selection of the President of the University of Illinois (1994-1995), Chairperson of Chancellor's Annual Conference Planning Committee (2001-2002), Chairperson of UIUC Diversity Initiatives Committee (1999-2004), and member of the Editorial Board of the University of Illinois Press (2001-2004). His research and teaching interests focus on the history of American education. He has served as expert witness in a series of federal desegregation cases, including Jenkins v. Missouri, Knight v. Alabama, Ayers v. Mississippi, and Gratz v. Michigan. He won the Outstanding Book Award from the American Education Research Association in 1990 for the publication of The Education of Blacks in the South, 1860-1935. He served as advisor to and participant in the PBS documentaries "School: The Story of American Public Education" (2001) and "The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow" (2002).

Vernon Burton (LAS)

Professor of History and Sociology, Vernon Burton has taught at UIUC since 1974. He is a Senior Research Scientist and Associate Director for Humanities and Social Sciences at NCSA, an affiliate of the Afro-American Studies and Research Program, and a member of the Campus Honors Program. An author of more than a hundred articles and an author or editor of eight books, he was named a University Scholar in 1988 and designated an inaugural University Distinguished Teacher/Scholar in 1999. Burton has served as president of the Agricultural History Society. Within the university he has won teaching awards at all levels and received the 2001-2002 Graduate College Outstanding Mentor Award. He was the 1999 Carnegie and Case Professor of the Year for Research Universities and this year received the American Historical Association Eugene Asher Award. Among his honors are fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, American Council of Learned Societies, Rockefeller, and Pew Foundations. At UIUC he has served on numerous committees, some of which include Martin Luther King (co-chair); Chancellor's Task Force for the Humanities; Provost's Committee on Evaluating Public Service for Promotion and Tenure; University of Illinois Press Board (Chair) and Search Committee for UI Press Director; Graduate College Executive Committee; University Administration Budget and Benefits Study Committee; Budget Strategies Committee; Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities Advisory Committee. He has chaired the Search Committee for Director of the Afro-American Studies Research Program. As a UIUC Senator, Burton has served on the Senate Executive Committee and has chaired both the Education Policy Committee and the Budget and Priorities Committee.

Michael Grossman, Chair

John Prussing, Chair