URBANA — The head of the University of Illinois’ Department of Accounting has been appointed interim director of the Institute for Government and Public Affairs, a systemwide unit that is undergoing a review by the university.
Professor Jon Davis will take over the job Aug. 16, pending approval by UI trustees. He succeeds Christopher Mooney, who stepped down July 16 after four years as director to return to the political-science faculty at the University of Illinois Springfield, where he has worked since 1999. He remains on the IGPA faculty as the W. Russell Arrington Professor of State Politics.
The institute was created by the Illinois General Assembly in 1947 as a public-policy research organization to provide nonpartisan, fact-based information for state policy-makers. Unlike other tenure-granting units at the university, it has faculty in Urbana, Chicago and Springfield, rather than being based on one campus, and top administrators say that model is awkward.
Executive Vice President Barbara Wilson said Davis will serve during the transition for the institute, which will involve developing a new funding model and expanding faculty involvement in research initiatives.
“Jon’s leadership and policy-based research experience are an ideal fit to continue IGPA’s 70-year legacy of service to the people of Illinois,” Wilson said in a release, adding that Mooney…