Thursday, September 20, 2012

Lorber named UIS Vice Chancellor for Development and Senior Vice President of the U of I Foundation

Jeff Lorber has been named Vice Chancellor for Development at the University of Illinois Springfield (UIS) and Senior Vice President of the University of Illinois Foundation (UIF). As Vice Chancellor and Senior Vice President, he will provide leadership for the strategy development and management of fundraising plans, priorities, and activities at UIS. Lorber will work in close collaboration with UIS Chancellor Susan Koch and UIF President Sidney Micek.

“Jeff is a seasoned development professional with an exceptional background in higher education and community engagement,” said Chancellor Koch. “He brings an outstanding record of successful fundraising to the Vice Chancellor position and I am looking forward to the many contributions he will make to the advancement of UIS as one of the top regional public universities in the Midwest.”

Lorber comes to UIS from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, where he currently serves as Associate Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement and Executive Director of Development for the SIU Foundation. He has been at SIU Carbondale since 2005 and served as the Campaign Director for SIU’s first comprehensive campaign, a successful $106 million effort.

“I look forward to working with Chancellor Koch, Dr. Micek and the University family to attract and secure external support needed to enhance the already outstanding educational experiences and opportunities available at UIS,” said Lorber. “I am excited about becoming involved in Springfield and the surrounding areas to help demonstrate the commitment and benefit UIS provides to the greater community at large.”

Lorber is a native of Muscatine, Iowa, and has also held development positions at Indiana University Northwest, the University of Tennessee, Northern Illinois University, Butler University, the University of Northern Iowa, and Washington University in St. Louis.

“We are very pleased and fortunate to have hired Jeff Lorber and have him join the senior leadership team at the University of Illinois Springfield and the University of Illinois Foundation,” said Micek. “We had many excellent candidates and he emerged as the right choice--at the right time--as we move forward. Jeff has had a significant amount of experience in higher education advancement and fundraising at different types of universities and that experience and background should be beneficial. He and his family will be great additions to UIS, the Foundation and the Springfield community.”

Lorber earned his doctorate in educational administration and policy studies from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. He has a master's degree in college student personnel from Western Illinois University and a bachelor's degree in communications/public relations from the University of Northern Iowa.

UIS is a premier public university that provides students with a high-quality liberal arts education, exceptional public affairs opportunities, and outstanding professional preparation programs. The campus offers 24 bachelor’s degree programs, 20 master’s programs and 1 doctoral program. UIS has four core strengths: (1) a teaching-focused academic experience; (2) an abundance of opportunities to collaborate; (3) a right-sized supportive community; and (4) a tradition of educating public servants and leaders. UIS has four colleges: business and management; education and human services; liberal arts and sciences; and public affairs and administration.

For more information contact Derek Schnapp, director of public relations at 217/206-6716 or email

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