List of chancellors of the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign

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Chancellors of the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign are individuals who serve in the top position of the university. The office, originally known as "President," was changed to "Chancellor" in 1967 following creation by President David D. Henry. Jack Peltason was appointed by then as the first chancellor.[1] This then split the responsibility of oversight of the Urbana-Champaign campus. The title "President of The University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign" now refers to the president of the entire University of Illinois system. The current chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign is Robert J. Jones. The President of the University of Illinois system resides in the Champaign–Urbana metropolitan area in the president's house, while the chancellor is not given a specific house on the campus but resides in the area.

List of presidents and chancellors[edit]

John Milton Gregory

Illinois Industrial University[edit]

Thomas J. Burrill, 3rd president of the University of Illinois
Illinois Industrial University[2] Years
John Milton Gregory 1867–1880
Selim H. Peabody 1880–1891

University of Illinois[edit]

Presidents of the University of Illinois[2] Years
Selim H. Peabody 1880–1891
Thomas J. Burrill 1891–1894
Andrew S. Draper 1894–1904
Edmund J. James 1904–1920
David Kinley 1920–1930
Harry W. Chase 1930–1933
Arthur H. Daniels 1933–1934
Arthur C. Willard 1934–1946
George D. Stoddard 1946–1953
Lloyd Morey 1953–1955
David D. Henry 1955–1971

Chancellors of the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign[edit]

Chancellor of the UIUC[2] Years
Jack Peltason[3] 1967–1977
Morton W. Weir acting, 1977 and 1987–1988
William P. Gerberding 1978–1979
John E. Cribbet acting, 1979 chancellor, 1979–1984
Thomas Eugene Everhart 1984–1987
Morton W. Weir 1988–1993
Michael Aiken 1993–2001
Nancy Cantor 2001–2004
Richard Herman 2004–2009
Robert A. Easter acting 2009–2011
Phyllis Wise 2011–2015
Barbara J. Wilson acting, 2015–2016
Robert J. Jones 2016–present[4]


  1. ^ "Henry 1955-1971". University of Illinois System. Retrieved 27 September 2015.
  2. ^ a b c "University Presidents". Retrieved October 14, 2007.
  3. ^ Wood, Paul (2015-03-21). "First chancellor of Urbana campus, Jack Peltason, dies at 91". News Gazette. Retrieved 27 September 2015.
  4. ^ "Office of the Chancellor: Meet the Chancellor". Retrieved December 2, 2016.