All the search committee members were elected by the Faculty Senate. The committee is advisory to the President.
Antoinette Burton, Chair
Antoinette Burton is the chair of the search for the chancellor/vice president. During her 16 years at Illinois she has been a faculty member in the Department of History, where she teaches British imperial and world history. She has served as the chair of history (2005-10) and the interim head of sociology (2013-15). She has won fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. Her latest book is "The Trouble with Empire" (Oxford University Press, 2015). Bastian Professor of Global and Transnational Studies, she is also the director of the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities.
James D. Anderson
James D. Anderson is the Gutsgell Professor and head of the Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership. His scholarship focuses broadly on the history of U.S. education. His book, "The Education of Blacks in the South, 1860-1935," won the American Educational Research Association (AERA) outstanding book award in 1990. He served as senior editor of the History of Education Quarterly from 2005 to 2015. He was elected to the National Academy of Education in 2008. In 2012, he was selected as a Fellow for Outstanding Research by AERA and in 2013, he was selected Center for Advanced Study Professor of Education at the University of Illinois.
Kaylee Barron is working toward a master's degree in Higher Education and is representing graduate students in this search. Within the College of Education, Kaylee is in the Department of Education, Policy, Organization, and Leadership where she serves as a research assistant. She has also worked with the Office of the Dean of Students and gained in-depth experiences in human resources and student affairs. Having also graduated from Illinois with a bachelor’s degree in community health in 2013, Kaylee has worked with the university and campus community in many ways while at Illinois. She was elected to represent graduate students on the search committee.
Sara Benson is a lecturer in law at the College of Law. She is a 2017 candidate for her master of science in library and information science from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois. She currently serves as assistant dean with the Office for Student Conflict Resolution investigating Title IX claims on campus. She practiced commercial litigation with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP in Dallas before earning her LL.M. from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley. Most recently, she practiced law in Austin, Texas, as staff attorney with the Women's Advocacy Project, where she focused on domestic violence issues. Sara was elected as a faculty member to serve on the chancellor search committee and she adds her voice as a non-tenure-track faculty member in this important role.
Rebecca Ginsburg is a co-founder and current director of the Education Justice Project (EJP), a unit of the College of Education. EJP offers for-credit courses and other academic programs to men incarcerated at Danville Correctional Center, and hosts programs for family members of incarcerated individuals and returning citizens. A faculty member in the Departments of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership and Landscape Architecture, she teaches courses on the history of prisons, carceral landscapes, and education and social justice.
Samuel LeRoy is a sophomore in the College of Business and is the elected undergraduate representative to the committee. LeRoy is a lifelong Illini as a Champaign native, son of two University of Illinois alums, and graduate of the University of Illinois Laboratory High School. At Illinois, LeRoy is a campus senator representing the department of business administration and he is the undergraduate representative to the Senate Executive Committee. Outside of campus governance, Sam is a co-chair of Block I, the Fighting Illini football student section famous for card stunts, and a member of the Business Honors Board.
William Maher has been an archivist at the University of Illinois and professor of library administration since 1977, and university archivist since 1995. He is an internationally recognized expert on copyright for archives and libraries, representing the Society of American Archivists at World Intellectual Property Organization on this issue for the past half decade. He is chair of the International Council of Archives' Section on University and Research Institution Archives, and past president of the Society of American Archivists and Midwest Archives Conference. He has served as a faculty senator for over 16 years, is chair of the University Statutes and Senate Procedures Committee, and is a member of the Senate Executive Committee and the University Senates Conference. His research and instructional interests include University history, FOIA policy, institutional accountabilty, intellectual property, archival management and “objectivity” in the archival record.
Steven C. Michael
Representing the faculty, Michael is a professor in the College of Business. He received a Ph.D. in business economics from Harvard University in 1993, through a joint program of the Department of Economics and the Harvard Business School. Prior to entering Harvard, he worked as a development engineer with Bell Laboratories. Michael’s research focuses on how opportunities are identified and exploited to create new businesses, markets and organizations. He has published extensively on entrepreneurial management, interorganizational relationships and information systems strategy. In the classroom, Michael teaches courses in entrepreneurship, technology management, and business strategy to undergraduates, graduates, and executives. He has won several teaching awards, including the Campus Award for Teaching Excellence, Illinois’ highest honor for teaching.
Faranak Miraftab is a professor at the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, College of Fine and Applied Arts, with zero percent appointment at the Departments of Geography and Gender and Women’s Studies, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She joined Illinois in 1999 with a Ph.D. degree from University of California at Berkeley. She has published two monographs, including her most recent book "Global Heartland: Displaced Labor, Transnational Lives and Local Placemaking" (2016, Indiana University press), three edited volumes, and more than 40 journal articles and book chapters. Her work has been translated in four languages and reprinted in Italy, Iran, Mexico, and Turkey. She was named as a 2014-15 University Scholar at the University of Illinois campuses; and included in the campus List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their Students in 2009 and 2014.
Mark Rood is Racheff Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering. He’s been a member of Illinois’ Senate, Budget Oversight, Educational Policy, and Graduate College executive committees. He presided over College of Engineering’s Executive and Promotion and Tenure Committees. Rood was a member/chairperson of administrative, faculty and staff search committees for the College of Engineering and Civil and Environmental Engineering. Rood received Illinois’ Excellent Teaching Award (6), Engineering’s Outstanding Advisor Award (4), A&WMA’s Ripperton Environmental Educator Award, and AAEES’s Grand Prize for University Research and Excellence in Environmental Engineering Awards.
From Fairbury, Illinois, Paul Schmitt is a second-year law student representing professional students on the search committee. Schmitt earned his bachelor’s in political science from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in 2009 and served as Urbana’s student member on the University’s Board of Trustees. The UI Alumni Association recognized Paul as a “Senior Honorary 100” recipient. He commissioned from the University’s Air Force ROTC Detachment 190 and served in the U.S. Air Force as a captain in satellite operations in Colorado Springs, Colorado. After briefly working for the Illinois State Senate, Schmitt returned to pursue his J.D.
Sementi serves as the assistant dean of honors for the College of Business, overseeing Business Honors, James Scholars, IBC and the Hoeft Technology and Management Program. Previously, she served as the assistant dean of MBA programs responsible for recruiting, admissions and students services for the full-time and professional MBA programs. Darcy brings 16 years of corporate experience that spanned multiple industries and included responsibilities that encompassed product management, operations, and sales & marketing. Semnti is a University of Illinois College of Business Executive MBA alumna, and has a bachelor of science in communication studies from Northern Illinois University. She was elected to represent academic professionals on the search committee.
Summers currently serves as administrative aide for the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Initiative (IHSI). Summers is a representative on the Campus Advisory Board for the Campus Charitable Fund Drive, Staff Advisory Council serving as representative for the clerical/secretarial group and co-chairs the All Employee Expo. She is currently a member of Secretariat, where she was awarded the Office Professional of the Year in 2015, and has served on their branding committee, is a representative for the Faculty Staff Emergency Fund and was previously a member of the Illini Union Advisory Board. She has an A.S. in equine science from Black Hawk College East Campus and B.S. in agricultural Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Jami Painter, Assistant Vice President for Human Resources, University Administration
Michael J. Devocelle, Special Assistant to the President, University Administration