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Murphy retiring; ISU searching for next provost

Murphy retiring; ISU searching for next provost


NORMAL — After more than 30 years at Illinois State University, the last 2½ as vice president of academic affairs and provost, Jan Murphy will retire June 30.

A search for her successor was announced Wednesday by ISU President Larry Dietz.

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Murphy initially served as interim vice president in January 2017. The “interim” was removed from her title in March 2018.

Dietz said in a statement, “Vice President Murphy has served the university with distinction for more than 30 years, and her leadership has enhanced Illinois State in countless ways.”

Larry Dietz

Illinois State University President Larry Dietz answers email in his office in Hovey Hall on Aug. 15. 

Murphy came to ISU in 1986 as an assistant professor of family and consumer sciences. Her career at ISU has included more than 10 years as associate provost, another stint as interim provost in 2008 and various positions in the College of Applied Science and Technology.

Murphy said in a statement, “I am appreciative of the wonderful colleagues who have made my time with Illinois State fruitful and fulfilling. Though I will miss seeing the students, faculty and staff each day, I will forever think of myself as a Redbird and plan to remain engaged with university activities.”


Graduate students at Illinois State University seeking recognition of their union leave a message last Monday at the office of Jan Murphy, ISU's interim vice president for academic affairs and provost.

The last search for a provost at ISU ran into problems. That was after Murphy's predecessor, Janet Krejci, left ISU.

The search was narrowed to five finalists, but two candidates withdrew and took other positions. That, along with feedback from campus constituents and shared governance bodies, resulted in the decision to have Murphy continue in the position although she had not sought it on a permanent basis, university officials said at the time.

While Murphy was provost, the university added degrees such as cybersecurity and strengthened international ties through the INTO program.

ISU President annoucement

Illinois State staffers, from left, Katy Killian, Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs for Marketing and Communications, Larry Dietz, Vice President for Student Affairs and Sheri Everts, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost listen as Illinois State University's 18th president, Timothy Flanagan speaks in the Faculty/Staff Commons at Bone Student in Normal, sat together during a meeting in 2013.

Contact Lenore Sobota at (309) 820-3240. Follow her on Twitter: @Pg_Sobota


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