Paula Allen-Meares Named Chancellor of the University of Illinois at Chicago

In a major appointment, Paula Allen-Meares was named chancellor of the University of Illinois at Chicago. This large, urban university has total enrollments of nearly 25,000 students. There are 15,000 undergraduate students at the university, about 9 percent of whom are black. The university has 12,000 employees and has a budget of $1.7 billion.

Since 1993 Allen-Meares has been the dean of the School of Social Work at the University of Michigan. She is a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo and holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign.

Allen-Meares will take office in January.