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COVID-19 Update

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak and the emphasis on social distancing, The University System Office has invoked a remote work policy.

The most efficient way to contact staff is through email. Staff emails are available by clicking About on the menu, then selecting the appropriate department. We will maintain a minor presence in the office and will monitor our phones.

If you are unsure who to contact, please use our general office email at and we will address your question.

Upcoming Events


CLOSED - Thanksgiving

The University System office will be closed in honor of the Thanksgiving holiday.


Merit Board Meeting

The quarterly meeting of the Merit Board. The Merit Board is the governing body of the University System. It is composed of 11 members representing the public universities of the State of Illinois.

1:00 PM


CLOSED - Christmas Eve

The University System office will be closed in honor of the Christmas holiday.

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Recent Job Postings

Study Abroad Advisor

Eastern Illinois University invites applications for the position of Study Abroad Advisor in the William V. Weber Program in Study Abroad. This advisor position manages the student advising and appl...

Information Technology Technical Associate - Network Engineer

Eastern Illinois University’s Information Technology Services is seeking qualified applicants for the position of IT Technical Associate – Network Engineer. This position will be responsible for th...

Application Administrator

General Summary The Application Administrator works within a team environment to maintain, optimize, and provide technical expertise for enterprise and business level information systems (Software ...

The University System office permits Universities and Agencies to post current job openings on our website. To view the postings above, and any other postings, go to the Jobs page.

University News


Butcher Named November Employee of the Month at WIU

Western Illinois University Assistant Director of Residence Life Jessica Butcher has been named the Al and Elaine Goldfarb Civil Service Employee of the Month for November.


SIU’s Master of Accountancy program joins elite group with STEM certification

Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Master of Accountancy (M.Acc.) program has officially received the STEM Optional Practical Training (OPT) certification from the Department of Homeland Security, becoming just the second university in the state an


State of the U: Dr. Freeman praises pandemic response, says NIU must strategically embrace change

In her annual State of the University Address, President Lisa C. Freeman praised the NIU community for its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, while charting a future course that builds on Huskie values and continues to embrace change in this period of unc


Northeastern Illinois University awarded $275,000 grant from USDA-NIFA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA) has awarded Northeastern Illinois University a $275,000 grant to support its agriculture science engagement at Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI). Northeastern is o


President Larry Dietz announces plans to retire

Illinois State University President Larry Dietz announced Friday he will retire as the University’s 19th president on June 30, 2021, capping a higher education career surpassing 50 years.


Without graduated income tax, Illinois state universities brace for ‘almost inevitable’ budget cuts ‘because there’s just nothing left'

In Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s first remarks after voters rejected his administration’s signature proposal for a graduated-rate income tax in Illinois, the first-term Democrat singled out higher education as one of the many state-supported areas that could lose