BLOOMINGTON, Ill. –– Rebecca Roesner, chair and professor of chemistry at Illinois
Wesleyan University, has been named associate provost. Roesner replaces Lynda Duke
who retired in December following an 18-year career with the University.
“Dr. Roesner is widely respected by faculty, staff and administrative colleagues for
her gentle pragmatism and creative insights,” Provost and Dean of the Faculty Mark
Brodl said. “Our students hold her in the highest regard. In addition, she has served
many years as a department chair and a leader across campus in a wide range of positions.
As a result, she brings tremendous insight to her role in Academic Affairs, and we
are fortunate to have her stepping into the associate provost role.”
Roesner joined the Illinois Wesleyan faculty in 1997 and was named chair of the Department of Chemistry in 2006. She earned a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from the University of Kansas
and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and history from Ohio Wesleyan University in
Looking ahead, Roesner said, “I’m grateful for the very warm welcome I’ve received
in my new role, and it's energizing to be joining the administration during a period
of campus-wide innovation. I look forward to collaborating with colleagues, students,
and the broader community in new ways to support the University's mission.”
An inorganic chemist, Roesner has included dozens of Illinois Wesleyan students in
her research which has appeared in publications such as Inorganic Chemistry, Advances in Inorganic Chemistry and The Chemical Educator.
Roesner has also co-directed the Summer Science Program for Leadership Inquiry and
Campus Engagement (SPLICE) since 2014, and she has served as principal investigator
for NexSTEM, a National Science Foundation grant-funded program launched in 2018 that provides
scholarship support, community-centered research experiences and mentoring for talented
STEM students with financial need.