May 29, 2014

Kostas Yfantis, an Academic Professional at Urbana, to Serve on Presidential Search

Kostas Yfantis, the AP rep on the Presidential Search Committee.
KOSTAS YFANTIS, Manager of Teaching and Learning Services with Campus Information Technologies and Educational Services (CITES) at the Urbana campus, was named on April 18 as one of the 19 members of the search committee that will assist the Board of Trustees in selecting the next President of the University of Illinois. The committee will identify and screen candidates to replace President Robert Easter, who plans to retire when his term ends on June 30, 2015.

“I AM humbled by the distinction to serve on the committee to help with the selection of the next President,” Yfantis said. “I have been part of the U of I family for over 18 years in a set of roles including those of student and academic professional and I will do my best as part of the committee to help find a strong leader for our University. I believe that the committee’s charge [1] articulates well some of the qualities and criteria for evaluating potential candidates.”

AS REPORTED in the news media, there are three town-hall meetings planned for June to get input from students, faculty, staff and alumni: June 23 in Springfield, June 24 in Chicago, and June 25 in Urbana. “This is an opportunity to provide feedback and I recommend participating in this important process,” Yfantis said.

YFANTIS HAS worked for CITES for ten years and in his current role, he manages the group that provides support to faculty, students and staff using a set of IT services with a focus on Blackboard Learn. His experience includes consulting, training, communication, and marketing and he takes an active interest in best practices in eLearning, management, and leadership.

YFANTIS RECEIVED his undergraduate degree in Communication from the Urbana-Champaign campus. He has served as Chair of the Council of Academic Professionals at Urbana as well as Chair of the University Professional Personnel Advisory Committee (UPPAC). In these and other capacities he has collaborated extensively with students, faculty and staff from the Springfield, Chicago and Urbana campuses.

IN THE last three years, Yfantis has served on at least seven search committees, ranging from executive to entry-level positions, transcending units and campuses. In spring 2014, he served on a search committee for a position with Academic Computing and Communications Center (ACCC) at the Chicago campus.

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