of ACES appoints new assistant dean
for urban and metropolitan affairs
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URBANA -- A new position in
the University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and
Environmental Sciences seeks to expand relationships and
partnerships between the U of I, the College of ACES, and the public
and private sectors in northeastern Illinois. The U of I board of
trustees recently authorized the appointment of James Oliver to the
new post of assistant dean for urban and metropolitan affairs.
"Since assuming leadership of
University of Illinois Extension programs in the Chicago area in
1987, Dr. Oliver has established key links between Extension and a
number of private and public entities in the metropolitan area,"
said Robert A. Easter, dean of the College of ACES. "We envision
this new role as not only cementing existing ties but developing new
ideas and partnerships that will help Extension, the college and the
U of I better serve the people of this region."
In his new role, Oliver will have
overall leadership and direction for College of ACES initiatives and
activities in Cook, Lake, DuPage, McHenry, Kane, Kendall, Kankakee
and Will counties.
"We expect that Dr. Oliver will
develop, in cooperation with local Extension councils, Extension and
college outreach offices, a more comprehensive system of program
outreach and access to U of I resources and opportunities," said
Dennis Campion, associate dean for extension and outreach in the
College of ACES.
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Oliver said he will work on a broad
front to achieve the goals driving creation of the new position.
"I will continue to work with Extension
professionals and citizens in providing valuable programming while
expanding relationships and partnerships in the Chicago area," said
Oliver. "For instance, I will be working with community colleges in
the area, establishing liaisons with the college and the U of I. I
also expect to be involved in exploring opportunities for activities
with the private sector."
earned his Ph.D. at the University of Missouri and joined U of I
Extension 22 years ago as a regional director based in Edwardsville.
He became assistant dean for urban programs in 1987 and has been
based since that time in the Chicago area.
of Illinois news release]