Vice Chancellor for Administration and Operations
August 5, 2021 11:13 AM

Dear faculty and staff,

I am pleased to announce that Michael DeLorenzo will be the Vice Chancellor for Administration and Operations Designate, pending approval by the Board of Trustees. This position change is a well-deserved recognition of the role that Mike is already playing in leadership and responsibility at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. The new position will take effect Aug. 16.

Mike has been serving in executive leadership roles for 14 years at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and he has more than 30 years of leadership experience working in higher education. Before he arrived at Illinois, he held positions at the University of Illinois Chicago and the University of Florida. Mike has a bachelor’s degree in history from Colorado State University, a master’s degree in sports administration from The Ohio State University and a Ph.D. in public administration from the University of Illinois Chicago.

Mike currently serves as Senior Associate Chancellor for Administration and Operations for the university. A member of the university’s senior leadership team, he serves as liaison to the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics and oversees the Division of Public Safety, Facilities and Services, Parking, Purchasing, the Illinois Fire Safety Institute, the Police Training Institute and Willard Airport.

His expanded role will add Allerton Mansion, the Chicago Illini Center, Facility Classroom and Event Management and Scheduling, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign contracts, campus space usage, Altgeld and McFarland Carillion and other areas to his current portfolio. He will also have responsibility for the university’s emergency planning.

In his new role, he will continue to lead the university as the chair of the COVID-19 Executive Leadership Committee. I cannot overstate the impact Mike has played in this role since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to his already extensive portfolio, he has been the driving force behind the university’s reputation for COVID-19 safety and innovation. His discerning judgment, collaborative approach, adaptability, understanding of the university and relationships with community partners have guided every facet of our pandemic response. Our university community owes Mike its gratitude for his steady leadership during one of the most important, unknown and critical periods in our university history. He will continue to lead in this role, and I am confident he will do so with great impact.

Please join me in congratulating Mike on his well-deserved appointment as Vice Chancellor for Administration and Operations at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.


Robert J. Jones

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