Leon DeCosta Dash
CAS Professor Dash (Journalism and Law) was appointed Interim Director following the retirement of former Director Bill Greenough in August 2009. He was formally approved as Director of the Center for Advanced Study at the September 10, 2009 meeting of the Board of Trustees. Professor Dash also holds the Swanlund chair. (See CAS Professor entry for more information.)
Masumi Iriye was appointed assistant director of the Center in October 2000 and promoted to associate director in October 2001. In October 2009 she was promoted to Deputy Director. She is responsible for overseeing all Center programs, including the Research Appointments (Associates and Fellows) program, the annual interdisciplinary initiative and the George A. Miller Programs, and also serves as the primary liaison at the Center for the CAS Professors. She received her doctorate in the History of Art in 1994 (University of Michigan), specializing in visual culture from the early modern period in France. Her dissertation research was supported by a Bourse Chateaubriand, Fulbright Travel Fellowship and Rackham Graduate Research awards (University of Michigan). She has presented papers as an invited participant at Dumbarton Oaks (Washington, D.C.) and the Center for 21st-Century Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She has served as both a panelist and cochair for meetings of the College Art Association. Since 2010 she has been Costume Mistress and Board Member of Champaign Urbana Ballet.
Office Support Specialist
Candace Koester joined the Center staff in May 2010. Candace has been on campus for 24 years, the last 22 at Campus Recreation. She is pleased to be the new Office Support Specialist for the CAS Staff. She is primarily responsible for coordination and dissemination of information pertaining to scheduled public events and activities, preparing written correspondence, maintaining Center’s database, generating event and activity reports, and coordinating meetings and recurring activities (i.e., Fall Roundtable and Spring Reception). In addition, she assists with website updates, Release Time Program and George A. Miller Programs applications and Professor Election processes.
Sheryl L. Reeder
Sheryl Reeder joined Center staff in March 2009. She previously worked at The National Center for Supercomputing Applications where her most recent job was in Allocations. Sheryl is a 1994 graduate of Parkland College with an Associates Degree in Office Careers. She provides budget and accounting support for all Center programs, as well as assisting with the on-line application process, database maintenance among other duties.
Liesel E Wildhagen
Coordinator of Public Events
Liesel Wildhagen came to the Center with administrative experience in a variety of educational and nonprofit settings, including Indiana University, the Chicago Architecture Foundation, and the McKinley Foundation at the University of Illinois. She has primary responsibility for public events offered by the Center, staffing the relevant committees and handling the details of publicity and production of the resulting events, including the CAS/MillerComm series, the George A. Miller Visiting Professor and Scholar program, the CAS Annual Lecture, and annual initiatives’ events. Liesel attended Knox College in political science and international relations, did graduate work in College Student Personnel Administration at Indiana University, and attended the HERS Management Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration, Wellesley College. An elected member of the campuswide Professional Advisory Committee (PAC) for six years, and the systemwide University Professional Personnel Committee (UPPAC) for three years, she is currently on the Women’s Studies General Council. She serves the community as a member of the Board of Trustees, Unitarian Universalist Church of Urbana.