IBHE announces new interim executive director

Harry Berman
Harry Berman

The Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) today announced the appointment of Harry Berman to serve as its interim executive director.

Berman served as provost and former interim chancellor at the University of Illinois-Springfield. Berman succeeds Executive Director George W. Reid, who on Wednesday announced his decision to step down.

Gov. Pat Quinn noted the action taken by the board and praised the selection of Berman as interim executive director: “Dr. Berman is an excellent choice to serve as the interim executive director of IBHE while the board searches for a new director. He has a strong commitment to the Illinois Public Agenda and many years of experience in higher education in our state.”

A nationwide search will be launched to find a permanent replacement who will ensure that the state remains committed to the goals of the Public Agenda and that the state continues to fulfill Gov. Quinn’s goal of making higher education more accessible, more affordable, and more effective for every Illinois student.

“The board is looking forward to working with a seasoned higher education professional like Dr. Berman, pending completion of a nationwide search for a permanent executive director,” said Carrie Hightman, IBHE chairwoman. “Dr. Berman will ensure that our work moves forward to achieve the goals of the Public Agenda for College and Career Success.”

Berman most recently served as interim vice president and chancellor of UIS, where he oversaw all campus operations. He previously served the school as provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs, where he led development of the UIS Strategic Plan, and as associate chancellor, when he chaired the development planning committee following Sangamon State University’s merger with the University of Illinois.

He is a widely published scholar in the field of gerontology and human development and holds a Ph.D. in psychology from Washington University. He remains active in numerous community organizations in central Illinois.

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