Interim provost moving west

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UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS — The interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost is changing schools.

Edward Feser takes on a top administrative job at Oregon State University starting next month. He will become provost and executive vice-president of the Corvallis, Oregon-based university February 28.

UI Chancellor Robert Jones complimented Feser on his contributions to the school while serving in his positions.

“We are a stronger institution because of Ed’s contributions here. He has helped lead through one of the most difficult financial times in the university’s history and has championed a new budgeting system and model that will benefit our students, faculty and staff, and support our mission for years to come.”  

Feser joined the university in 2004 as a professor of urban and regional planning, and he served as the department head of that unit for several years before taking an endowed faculty position at the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom. He returned to Urbana in 2012 as the dean of the College of Fine and Applied Arts. 

Feser grew up in Montana, Washington and Northern California, and said his impending move is a homecoming.

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