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Jun 30, 2016 08:02 AM EDT

University of Illinois’ Christophe Pierre Stepped Down as The Vice President of Academic Affairs


University of Illinois system's vice president of academic affairs Christophe Pierre, gave up his position in the institution.

Pierre, who served as the vice president of academic affairs  since 2011, publicly acknowledges his resignation will begin on August 31. Pierre will transfer at Stevens Institute of Technology, a private research university in New Jersey, as a provost and vice president for academic affairs.

University of Illinois President Tim Killeen stated that Pierre has been a valued colleague. And Killeen is grateful to Pierre for sharing his experience, insights and leadership to help guide him during his first year in office, Wand TV reported.

During the tenure of Pierre, the University of Illinois increased student's access to educational programs, increase in enrollment and froze the incoming Illinois freshman's tuition fee.

President Killeen made it known that when Pierre was the chief academic officer, he has been a leading advocate for student access and affordability. And Pierre helped develop financial efficiencies and structural reforms to guide the University of Illinois system through the challenges of an ongoing state budget deadlock, News Center reported.

Before Pierre joined the University of Illinois in October 2011, he was the dean of the Faculty of Engineering at McGill University in Montreal for more than six years. Pierre was known to be a  fellow of the American Academy of Mechanics. And won the American Society of Mechanical Engineers' N.O. Myklestad Award in 2005.

That being said, by the time Pierre will start working at Stevens Institute of Technology, he will be responsible for the academic integrity of the coeducational research university - for all programs and administrative offices which relate to the academic enterprise, Stevens reported.

Pierre will begin his new post on September 1, as the second highest-ranking administrator at Stevens Institute of Technology.

However, the succession process of Pierre's position is under review and will be designed to make certain of providing appropriate continuity of leadership.

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