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About Chancellor Richard Herman


Dr. Richard Herman is the Chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, one of the nation’s preeminent public research universities. He is dedicated to excellence in education through scientific and intellectual innovation, diversity, public engagement, and providing students an education with a global perspective. Dr. Herman leads a campus renowned for its interdisciplinary collaborations, its outreach to both local and global communities, and its position as one of the world’s most accomplished research institutions.

A mathematician, Dr. Herman has been a leader in shaping national science policy for many years, consistently stressing the need to better position the sciences to engage the emerging needs of society. President Bush appointed Dr. Herman to the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, where he joins a select group of members from the academic community and the private sector who advise the president on technology, scientific research priorities, and math and science education. He has also served on the National Science Foundation's Advisory Committee for the Directorate of Mathematical and Physical Sciences and served as chair of the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics. He is a member of the Observatories Council, the Management Council of the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc., associated with the National Optical Astronomy Observatory. Recently, he was appointed vice chair of the Universities Research Association. 

Dr. Herman was appointed Chancellor in May 2005. He joined the Illinois campus in 1998 as Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, the institution’s chief academic and budget officer. During his service, Illinois has markedly increased its funded research, has made major progress in increasing the diversity of its faculty and student body, and has cultivated relationships with universities around the world through both collaborative research and joint degree programs.

Devotion to excellence and commitment to diversity mark Dr. Herman’s accomplishments as an administrator. Under his leadership as department chair and as dean, the units for which he was responsible enhanced their academic strength and drew faculty and students from a broad pool. 
Before coming to Illinois, he served as Dean of the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Physical Sciences at the University of Maryland, College Park and Chair of the Department of Mathematics at the Pennsylvania State University. He has been a visiting faculty member and fellow at the University of Marseilles and Princeton University. 

Dr. Herman’s research on mathematical physics and operator algebras has been supported by such organizations as the National Science Foundation, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and National Defense Education Act, and has resulted in numerous reports in scientific publications. He is a member of the Tau Beta Pi and Sigma Xi honorary societies, and recipient of an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation fellowship. In 1963, he received a bachelor’s degree, cum laude, from the Stevens Institute of Technology. In 1967, he earned his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Maryland.

Dr. Herman and his wife, Susan, are active in the Champaign-Urbana community, where Mrs. Herman helped found the 40N/80W Arts Council and Dr. Herman serves on the boards of the United Way and the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce. The Hermans have three children and six grandchildren.