Marie Lynn Miranda, former provost of the University of Notre Dame, was named the 10th chancellor of the University of Illinois Chicago.
She also will serve as vice president of the University of Illinois system, effective July 5, 2023. She will replace Chancellor Michael Amiridis, who is leaving to become president of the University of South Carolina in June.
“I look forward to learning from and working with students, faculty and staff as we work collaboratively with our community partners to meet the pressing challenges and opportunities before us,” Miranda said in a UIC press release. “Together we can provide life-changing educational programs at scale, while fostering the world-class research and engagement our city, state, country and world need.”
Her experience creating opportunities for students from all backgrounds and income levels helped her land the job.
“Marie Lynn comes to UIC and the University of Illinois System as a champion for higher education, a believer in the undisputable impact that a great university can have on the lives of its students, their families and the communities it serves,” University of Illinois System President Tim Killeen said in the press release. “She has been a leader in making certain that higher education is accessible to more and more people, a public good that should be available to students from all backgrounds and income levels.”
Miranda helped Notre Dame navigate the challenges brought on by the pandemic. She was appointed provost in March 2020 at the beginning of shutdowns.
“It was a tremendously difficult time to step into a new position,” said the Rev. John Jenkins, president of University of Notre Dame, in a statement. “… Marie Lynn never wavered and played a critical role in helping the university cope with the many challenges of the pandemic. We are deeply grateful for her leadership.”
Miranda also worked at Rice University in Houston, University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. She earned a doctorate in philosophy and a master’s degree in economics from Harvard University. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Duke University.
A UIC committee chose Miranda from a list of five finalists and a pool of 40 applicants. UIC has almost 34,000 students and 13,000 employees.