After three decades with Illinois State University, Provost Jan Murphy plans to retire at the end of next year.
University President Larry Dietz announced the search for a new provost and vice president of academic affairs Wednesday.
“Vice President Murphy has served the University with distinction for more than 30 years, and her leadership has enhanced Illinois State in countless ways,” Dietz said in a written statement. “We are thankful for her years of service, her passion for education, and her dedication to excellence. I know we all wish her well.”
Murphy has held the position since 2017, when she was appointed on an interim basis. She assumed the permanent position the following year.
“It has been an honor to serve the University,” Murphy said in a written statement. “I am appreciative of the wonderful colleagues who have made my time with Illinois State fruitful and fulfilling. Though I will miss seeing the students, faculty, and staff each day, I will forever think of myself as a Redbird and plan to remain engaged with University activities.”
Murphy started at ISU in 1986 as an associate professor in the Family and Consumer Sciences department. She went on to hold roles of assistant and associate dean, Family and Consumer Sciences chair, and director of Campus Dining Services.
Murphy worked with the university’s Campus Climate Implementation Team, pushed for participation in the national Powered by Publics program, and assisted in the rollout of a new cybersecurity degree program.
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