Christopher Mooney steps down as director of IGPA

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Christopher Mooney steps down as director of IGPA

Christopher Z. Mooney, director of the University of Illinois’ Institute of Government and Public Affairs for the past four years, has announced that he is stepping down from the post effective July 16, 2017. Mooney will remain as a member of the IGPA faculty and will return to his position on the political science faculty at the University of Illinois at Springfield.

“These past four years directing IGPA have been very rewarding,” Mooney said. “It has been an honor leading this group of world-class scholars and exceptionally skilled staff.  IGPA’s mission is to improve the public policy conversation in Illinois with non-partisan, evidence-based research and public engagement. Even in these times of fiscal stress, we have pursued this important mission with energy and success, and I am proud that we have made a positive and demonstrable contribution to life in Illinois.

“However, after four years of living on the road between Chicago, Springfield, and Urbana, I am excited about returning to my students and research at UIS,” said Mooney, who also holds the W. Russell Arrington professorship in state politics at IGPA and UIS. Mooney is co-author of a leading college textbook on state and local politics and is a widely-known expert on term limits legislation.

Mooney informed University leadership and IGPA’s faculty and staff in August 2016 of his decision to step down this summer. A member of the UIS faculty since 1999 and the IGPA faculty since 2004, Mooney has served as director since Aug. 16, 2013.

IGPA is part of the System Office of the Executive Vice President and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Executive Vice President Barbara J. Wilson will appoint an interim director who will serve while the University works with IGPA on a new model for funding as well as faculty involvement in the institute’s many initiatives.

“Chris has been a very successful director of IGPA, expanding its impact and outreach during his four-year term,” Wilson said. “I am grateful to him for his leadership and I will miss his collaborative style, easy going manner, and laser focus on policy issues in the state.”

The Institute of Government and Public Affairs was created pursuant to a 1947 resolution of the Illinois General Assembly. For nearly 70 years, the institute has connected decision makers in Illinois with scholarly research and analysis and remains an integral contributor to the University of Illinois’ land-grant mission to serve the state and its people.