Our Staff

Meet the Executive Staff of the Division of Student Affairs at UIS:

Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Dr. Clarice Ford Ford


Dr. Ford oversees all areas in Student Affairs


Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Multicultural Education from Anitoch University; Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from Fielding Graduate University

Dr. Ford came to UIS from Berry College, Rome Georgia, where she served as the Associate Dean of Multicultural Affairs. Prior to that she worked at Youngstown State University and The Ohio State University in the areas of Student Affairs

Acting Dean of Students/Director of Campus Recreation Koeppe

James Koeppe



Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Georgetown College and Masters of Education in Student Personnel Services from the University of South Carolina.

James previously worked at Georgetown College in Kentucky for 17 years where he served as the Associate Dean of Students.

Assistant Vice Chancellor Student Affairs/

Executive Director of Auxiliary Services

Dr. Van Lee Vieregge Vierrege



Bachelor of Science (Finance), Southern Illinois University Edwardsville; Master of Business Administration, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Doctor of Education in Higher Education Administration, Saint Louis University

Dr. Vieregge oversees the following units:

  • Campus Bookstore
  • Cox Children’s Center
  • Food Services
  • Residence Life
  • Campus Recreation

Dr. Vieregge came to UIS from Saint Louis University, where he served as the Director of Business and Auxiliary Services for Student Development.  Prior to that he was the Business Administrator at Graham Correctional Center and worked for many years with the Illinois Department of Transportation.  Other positions include full time adjunct faculty at Greenville College since 1997, as adjunct faculty at Blackburn College for three years and as an instructor for Lake Land College for 2 years.

Assistant to the Vice Chancellor

Christina D. Ryan Ryan


Bachelors Degree, Management, University of Illinois at Springfield
Masters Degree in Business Administration, University of Illinois at Springfield

Prior Work Experience at UIS:  23 years at UIS in various offices,
Account Technician, OBFS Accounting Office
Business Manager, Illinois Issues magazine / Center for State Policy and Leadership

Administrative Aide to the Vice Chancellor

Tisha Palmer Palmer


Prior to working for student affairs, Tisha was Administrative Aide for the Vice Chancellor of Business and Administrative Services and the SSU Foundation office.  Tisha has been working for SSU/UIS for 23 years.