The University of Illinois has chosen a noted nanotechnology scholar as its next provost.
Ilesanmi “Ade” Adesida, dean of the UI’s College of Engineering, is expected to assume the post on Aug. 16, pending UI Board of Trustees approval. UI Vice President and Chancellor Phyllis Wise announced the appointment Wednesday night.
“I’m honored and humbled to be selected as provost of this great campus. This is something I take very seriously,” Adesida said. “I know how to work very hard and I’m ready to roll up my sleeves and get the job done.”
Adesida will be paid $430,000 annually.
The provost, who also is vice chancellor for academic affairs, reports directly to the vice president and chancellor and works in areas of budget planning and management, strategic planning and more. The provost is second in command on the campus; deans of the colleges, schools and the libraries report to the provost.
Wise praised Adesida’s global experience, expertise in innovation, and leadership in public and private partnerships.
“He has an outstanding record of scholarship, a proven commitment to excellence, and an ability to successfully collaborate with colleagues at Illinois,” she said in a release.
Adesida said he is looking forward to working with Wise, whom he called “a terrific administrator and a warm human being. It will be a pleasure to work with her.”