ACES interim dean designate announcement
September 22, 2021 1:01 PM

Dear Faculty, Staff and Students,

I am pleased to announce that Professor Germán Bollero will serve as the interim dean of the College of ACES pending approval by the Board of Trustees. He will hold the title interim dean designate until formal approval by the board. Professor Bollero’s selection comes after consultation with members of the College Executive Committee, senior academic leaders and faculty of the College.

Professor Bollero has been a member of the faculty at Illinois since 1998, with a tenured home in the Department of Crop Sciences. Thanks to his seasoned experience in various leadership roles and a strong record of dedicated service to ACES, Professor Bollero will provide the stability and the leadership to allow the college to continue moving forward during this transition. The excellence of his scholarship, his commitment to the convergent research culture of Illinois and the respect he has earned across our entire campus made him a clear choice to serve in this critical role.

I anticipate launching a national search for the permanent dean of ACES later this semester. In the weeks ahead, I will consult with the ACES Executive Committee and College leadership about forming the search committee, and I will share that information when it is finalized.

I want to thank Dean Kidwell for her leadership of ACES and to particularly recognize her for her efforts in helping the ACES faculty, staff and students navigate the unprecedented challenges COVID-19 has brought with it.

Please join me in welcoming, Professor Bollero as the interim dean designate of ACES. I am confident he will have the full support of his colleagues and that ACES will continue under his leadership to advance in its academic and scholarly missions with the optimism and confidence the world has come to expect from our first and oldest college at Illinois.


Andreas C. Cangellaris
Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost

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