Larry Dietz serves as the 19th president of Illinois State University, a position he assumed on March 22, 2014. During his tenure the university has seen record enrollment, including increases in enrollment of students from unrepresented groups, while maintaining high academic quality. Illinois State University continues to be ranked among the top universities in the United States, recognized for its strong retention rate, top 10% graduation rate, and very low student loan default rate. The University has achieved record fundraising in recent years and initiated its second comprehensive campaign, Redbirds Rising: The Campaign for Illinois State University. Despite difficult economic times in Illinois, Illinois State University has remained strong and stable under President Dietz’s leadership and is making plans to reach new heights in the future.
Dietz came to Illinois State University in June 2011 as vice president for Student Affairs and tenured associate professor in the Department of Educational Administration and Foundations. Previously, he served as vice chancellor for Student Affairs at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC) for 10 years. Dietz also served as special assistant to the chancellor at SIUC and as a tenured associate professor in educational administration and higher education. Prior to his tenure there, he served as vice chancellor for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, among other leadership positions, at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and in leadership positions at Iowa State University.
Dietz earned a Ph.D. in higher education administration and a master's degree in higher education and student personnel from Iowa State University. He has a bachelor's degree in political science from Southern Illinois University. He attended the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard University, a Fulbright International Education Seminar for Administrators in Germany and the Harvard Management Development Program.
A strong supporter of global education, Dietz has implemented plans to enhance diversity, support global learning, and create a global campus environment at Illinois State University. His international experiences include representing the American Universities Iraq Consortium on a panel with Prime Minister Al-Malaki and representing SIUC at the Iraq Education Initiative in Baghdad. In addition, he had responsibility for SIUC's campus in Japan and has negotiated agreements with institutions in China, Malaysia, Kuwait, Germany and the Czech Republic.