The Secretariat is an organization for University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign employees in certain Civil Service classifications. We celebrated the 68th birthday of Secretariat in October 2016. Over the years, office support functions and responsibilities have changed, as have the skills required to perform these roles effectively. The Secretariat seeks to build collegiality across campus. Our primary objectives are:

  • Establish a fellowship and create a high standard of ethics among members.
  • Assist in the professional development of members.
  • Serve as a forum for the discussion of issues affecting support staff of the University of Illinois.
  • Further knowledge about the University of Illinois and uphold its honor and dignity.

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Career Connections Committee

“The Secretariat has been a valuable part of my ‘professional tool kit’ since I first joined.  The opportunities for professional development and networking, coupled with leadership opportunities has enhanced my career.  I have also greatly expanded my network and established many lasting relationships with my peers.”
-Rebecca Nash, Administrative Assistant, College of Fine + Applied Arts

“I’ve grown up with The Secretariat. I’ve been a member since I was eligible and have met so many wonderful colleagues and friends through the years.”
-Debbie Kemphues, Assistant to the Provost

“The Secretariat was a very personal experience for me and full of networking opportunities.”
-Denice Wells, retired

“The Secretariat has been the most valuable source of information and networking for me during my tenure at the University.”
-Terri Palumbo, retired

“The Secretariat has been an essential organization and component contributing to my professional development at the University of Illinois during the past thirty years, and it continues to do so today.  This organization has provided leadership and networking opportunities to me in which I may not have otherwise had the advantage to participate; opportunities that have been integral to my growth into leadership positions on campus.  I am a strong proponent of life-long learning, and I continue to learn from the amazing group of office professionals who are part of The Secretariat to this day!”
-Debbie McCall, Executive Assistant Dean of Administration, College of Medicine