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Vice President and Chancellor Phyllis Wise

About Chancellor Phyllis Wise

General Biography

Phyllis M. Wise is Chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In this role, Dr. Wise is the chief executive officer of the campus and is responsible for the financial programs, campus policies, and priorities necessary to ensure that Illinois is a pre-eminent public research university with a land-grant mission and global impact. The Urbana-Champaign campus has an annual budget of $1.5 billion with more than $600 million in research expenditures. There are more than 42,000 students and nearly 1,900 tenure-track faculty members.

Prior to this appointment Dr. Wise was interim President of the University of Washington in 2010-2011, where she had served as Provost and Executive Vice President for five years. Previous academic roles included dean of the College of Biological Sciences at the University of California-Davis, professor and chair of the Department of Physiology at the University of Kentucky in Lexington a faculty member at the University of Maryland, Baltimore.

Her research interests have been in areas concerning women’s health and gender-based biology. She has been particularly interested in whether hormones influence brains of women and men during development, during adulthood and during aging.

She holds memberships in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and in the Institute of Medicine, and is also a fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr. Wise also holds positions on the governing boards of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Nike, Inc., and the First Busey Corporation.
She holds a bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College in biology and a doctorate degree in zoology from the University of Michigan. Dr. Wise also holds an honorary doctorate from Swarthmore College.


Phyllis Wise, Curriculum Vitae