University of Illinois System

About Us


The University of Illinois System is among the top teaching and research universities in the world and a premier employer in Illinois. We are the state's largest institution of higher education, and our faculty and staff are world leaders in research and innovation, award-winning educators, authors, artists, health care providers, and multi-talented professionals. Creating environments for learning and providing career opportunities in Urbana-Champaign, Chicago, Springfield, and throughout the state, our faculty and staff are the engine that drives Illinois!

System Human Resource Services is dedicated to supporting the U of I System's mission of teaching, research, public service, and economic development through a variety of strategic programs and partnerships to recruit, develop, and retain a diverse workforce of the highest caliber.

The Senior Associate Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer reports to the office of the Executive Vice President and Vice President for Academic Affairs. As an organization, we are committed to providing strategic human resource leadership for the System. Our office partners with the human resource and EEO/AA offices at each university and in the University of Illinois System Offices to achieve our goals of providing a diverse workforce that provides high quality and efficient service delivery.

Browse the university sites or topics below to learn more about University of Illinois HR offices, initiatives, policies, and systems. Each human resource and EEO/AA office maintains its own web site. Should you have a question or need additional assistance, please contact a member of the SHRS team.

Jami Painter, Ed.M., SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Senior Associate Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

Mission Statement

System Human Resource Services is a strategic partner in achieving the University of Illinois’s strategy and land-grant mission by maximizing the value of human capital and aligning it with university initiatives, values, goals and the needs of all stakeholders.

Vision Statement

To be the leader in higher education human resources by fostering excellence and creating value through Service – Expertise – Technology.


  • Accountability- We take responsibility for our individual works as well as the management and stewardship of the U of I System information resources and other assets entrusted to our care.
  • Adaptability- We thoughtfully engage in and support change through process improvement, technology, and customer needs.
  • Continuous Improvement– We demonstrate a continual effort to improve job-related knowledge, skills, and performance through both formal training and individual study with the overall intent of enhancing service to our customers.
  • Customer Satisfaction– We strive to provide the highest level of service possible to our customers based on their needs and our capabilities.
  • Information and Communication– Information in all its forms is our currency and the source of underlying value we provide to the U of I System. We communicate openly, honestly, timely and respectfully with each other and through all our interactions.
  • Team Work and Professionalism– We work through collaborative partnerships and embrace diversity of thought, opinion, and approaches with customers and colleagues regardless of background, culture, and organizational level.

Diversity Statement

The University of Illinois System Offices embraces diversity, equity, and inclusion as foundational to excellence. We recognize as core to our guiding principles a responsibility to foster an open, welcoming environment where individuals of all backgrounds can collaboratively learn, work and serve. We pledge to proactively cultivate and sustain an environment that encourages a safe and robust exchange of viewpoints. We value shared responsibility, mutual respect, and cooperation. We are intentional and deliberate in our actions to ensure integrity and excellence. Our commitment recognizes and nurtures talent and achievement by supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion in our education, services, and administration.

SHRS Organization

Leadership Team and Staff Directory

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Universities Mission, Vision, Values

The mission, vision, values and goals for each university can be found at their respective websites: