Stanley O. Ikenberry, President Emeritus
President Stanley O. Ikenberry, became the youngest president in the University’s history (age 44) in 1979. During his tenure, federal funds for research nearly quadrupled as well as private gifts, grants, and contracts. Ikenberry led the University’s first major capital campaign and a second campaign that raised more than $1.35 billion. He led the consolidation of the Medical Center and Chicago Circle, making the University of Illinois at Chicago the largest research university in the metropolitan area. Additional buildings on the Urbana campus included Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology and the Grainger Engineering Library Information Center. The National Center for Supercomputing Applications also was established during his tenure. Ikenberry also worked effectively to improve the quality and diversity of the student body. Since 2000, he has served as president of the Board of Overseers at TIAA-CREF, the leading retirement system for college and university employees in the United States.