PHYLLIS M. WISE
Vice President, University of Illinois
Chancellor, Urbana-Champaign Campus
As vice president and chancellor since 2011, Phyllis Wise is the chief executive officer for the Urbana-Champaign campus and is responsible for all financial programs, campus policies, and priorities with the mission of ensuring a transformative educational experience for America’s next generation of leaders.
The Urbana-Champaign campus has a budget of $1.9 billion with more than $400 million in research expenditures. There are 44,000 students and 3,000 faculty members. The university is renowned for its interdisciplinary collaborations, advances in human understanding, community outreach, global partnerships, and life-changing scientific developments.
Prior to this appointment Phyllis M. Wise was interim president of the University of Washington in 2010–2011. Before that appointment, she served as executive vice president and provost at the University of Washington, a position she held for five years. During that time Dr. Wise was a professor of physiology and biophysics, biology, and obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Washington.
Dr. Wise was dean of the College of Biological Sciences at the University of California-Davis for three years. Prior to that, she was professor and chair of the Department of Physiology at the University of Kentucky in Lexington from 1993 to 2001. Wise also was a faculty member at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, from 1976 to 1993, promoted through the ranks to full professor of physiology in 1987.
A fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and a member of the National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine, she holds a bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College in biology and a doctorate degree in zoology from the University of Michigan.
Wise continues an active research program in issues concerning women’s health and gender-based biology. She has been particularly interested in whether hormones influence brains of women and men during development, during adulthood, and during aging.