Top UMN administrator set to take job in Illinois

Danita Brown Young will leave in July for a new position as Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs at the University of Illinois.

by Sydney Baum-Haines

A top University of Minnesota administrator is leaving for a similar position at the University of Illinois.

Danita Brown Young, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Dean of Students, will be Illinois’ next Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs starting Aug. 7, pending approval from the Illinois Board of Trustees, the University of Illinois announced.

The school offered Brown Young the position earlier this month and she accepted soon after. She said the position caught her eye over others she was in consideration for.

“Being closer to family is what really drew me to this opportunity,” she said.

She said her new position offers her expanded, and welcomed, responsibility over students.

“I think this is a prime opportunity to get on the ground floor of creating a new vision and university strategic plan,” Brown Young said.

She said Provost Karen Hanson is currently waiting for nominees to replace her at the Office for Student Affairs in the interim. She expects they will start looking for a long-term replacement by late fall or early spring.

“I’m going to really miss working with our team members here and our students, but I know we will stay connected,” she said.

Brown Young’s last day at the University will be July 5. She has worked at the University since 2013.