Stanley O. Ikenberry
O. Ikenberry advises on higher education projects and provides
academic management and program analysis to colleges and universities.
Ikenberry is the former president of the University of Illinois
and served as the tenth president of the American Council on
Education (ACE). An independent, nonprofit association founded
in 1918, ACE is the major representative voice for higher education
in the United States.
his tenure as ACE’s President, Dr. Ikenberry revamped
ACE’s internal organization structure and strengthened
considerably the cohesion within the higher education community.
Communication links with campuses were energized as Higher Education
and National Affairs was moved to an electronic format. A new
weekly Washington update service for college and university presidents
was also launched – President to President – as was
a new four-color ACE magazine, "The Presidency." Dr.
Ikenberry led the higher education community through the 1998
Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act and the passage of
the Clinton administration’s Hope Scholarship and
Lifetime Learning tax credits. Federal funding for the
Pell Grant was increased by 50 per cent during his tenure.
Federal research support increased even more sharply. Dr.
Ikenberry led a coalition of more than 1,200 colleges and
universities and 30 higher education associations to increase
public understanding of how to plan and pay for college.
He also led a crusade to move the education of teachers
higher on the agenda of college and university presidents.
Ikenberry is also President of the Board of Overseers, TIAA-CREF,
the leading retirement system for college and university employees
in the United States. TIAA offers an array of asset investment
classes (equity and fixed income holdings) and services to
the academic community and the general public. The Board of
Overseers monitors TIAA-CREF and has the legal responsibility
for the election of the TIAA Board of Trustees.
a sixteen year tenure, Dr. Ikenberry was the one of longest
serving presidents in the history of the University of
Illinois. Shortly after arrival in 1979 he led the consolidation
of the University’s Medical Center and Chicago Circle campuses
to form the current University of Illinois at Chicago, now the
largest and most comprehensive research university campus in
metropolitan Chicago. In Urbana Champaign Dr. Ikenberry led several
major academic initiatives, including the creation of the Beckman
Institute for Advanced Science and Technology and the National
Center for Supercomputing Applications. Dr. Ikenberry led the
University’s first major capital campaign and launched
a second campaign in the late ‘80s to raise in excess of
a billion dollars. The quality and diversity of the Illinois
student body increased significantly during his tenure with his
creation of the President’s Scholars Program.
Dr. Ikenberry left the University presidency in 1995
and assumed the presidency of ACE the following year.
He returned to the University in his current capacity
in September, 2001.
stepping down as the University of Illinois’ 14th
president, Dr. Ikenberry assumed the role of Regent Professor
and President Emeritus of the University. After returning from
ACE, he resumed his role as professor. He maintains an office
in the College of Education on the Urbana Champaign campus and
also holds an appointment with the University’s Institute
of Government and Public Affairs. He currently serves as an advisor
to the University with the aim of energizing and mobilizing the
resources of the University’s three campuses
to strengthen the quality of education at all levels
in Illinois. Dr. Ikenberry is active as a national
speaker and consultant. He serves as advisor to doctoral
students in the field of higher education and teaches
courses on higher education policy and leadership.
Dodds Henry Lectures- Background
David Dodds Henry Lectures