Get to Know: Peggy Regan, Office Administrator

Peggy Regan
Peggy Regan, Office Administrator

Our School is grateful for talented and dedicated staff, who contribute greatly to our teaching and research excellence. This "Get to Know" series highlights our staff, sharing their friendly faces and stories of professional success.

Where did you grow up?

I was born in Urbana at Carle Hospital, grew up here, and graduated from Urbana High School. After I married my husband, who was in the U.S. Coast Guard, we left Illinois and were stationed in Greenville, Mississippi, and Clearwater, Florida, before returning to Urbana to be near family.

What year did you begin working for the iSchool?

I believe my first day at the iSchool was August 20, 2017.

Where did you work prior to the iSchool?

My first real "adult" job was at the University of Illinois Police Department. From there, I worked for the Leland (MS) Police Department and the Pinellas County State Attorney’s Office in Clearwater in the Criminal Investigations Division.  After moving back to Illinois, I took some time off to be with my kids and decided I wanted a "normal" Monday-Friday, 8-5 job. I worked my way back to the University in 2007, starting as a secretary III in the Landscape Architecture Department and then as a secretary IV in Urban and Regional Planning.  After my stint in Temple Hoyne Buell Hall, I moved to Undergraduate Admissions as an office support specialist, where I arranged for prospective undergraduate students and their parents to meet with advisors from different programs of interest during campus visits. Before joining the iSchool, I worked as an office manager in the Undergraduate Advising office in ISE (Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering), assisting undergraduate students in the GE/SE and IE programs.

What do you do at the School?

I'm part of the Academic Affairs office, and I schedule the information sciences courses. Besides determining which courses should be taught each semester, we have to establish who will be teaching the courses, the modality, days and times, term, number of sections, classroom assignments, and any other scheduling considerations that need to be coordinated. After the schedule is in place, I assist instructors by placing textbook orders for their courses. When student registration opens, I work on enrollment management by checking class enrollments daily and determining if capacities need to be modified. My goal is to have each semester's course schedule reflect our students' needs, along with our institutional needs. Course scheduling is definitely a team project—along with working with the Academic Affairs office, it also involves Student Affairs, the program directors, the Registrar's Office, and the Facilities, Management, and Scheduling group.  From the beginning, it's been a wild ride and an ever-changing adventure!

What do you like best about your job?

I really enjoy working with everyone at the iSchool; it’s a great team. I also enjoy the feeling of satisfaction when all the course scheduling puzzle pieces come together, and students start registering for their courses.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I enjoy small craft projects, binge-watching TV series, and spending time with family. I'm learning to use my new Kamado Joe grill that my daughter bought me. Even though it's not something I can do now, I really love to travel, especially to a beach—any beach. I love listening to the sound of the waves!

Updated on
Backto the news archive

Related News

Hagler to oversee recruitment and admissions

Katrina Hagler joined the iSchool on August 8 as director of recruitment and admissions. In this position, she will oversee recruiting and admissions for the School's degree programs.

Katrina Hagler

Ames receives Chancellor’s Distinguished Staff Award

Penny Ames, admissions and records coordinator, is among the eight civil service employees from across the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign who have been named recipients of the 2022 Chancellor's Distinguished Staff Award. Each recipient of the Chancellor's Distinguished Staff Award receives $1,000 and a plaque. Recipients' names also are engraved on a plaque displayed in the Illinois Human Resources Office.

Penny Ames

Maulding joins the iSchool’s HR team

Kalie Maulding joined the iSchool on July 5 as a human resources specialist. In her new position, she will assist with all human resources functions at the School.

Kalie Maulding

Enrollment expansion continues with new data science degree

The School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, the iSchool at Illinois, is pleased to announce its newest degree offering, the Bachelor of Science in Information Sciences + Data Science (BS/IS+DS).

Get to know Tamela Chambers, branch manager

Tamela Chambers (MS/LIS '05) serves as the branch manager of the Chicago Public Library's Beverly Branch. She is also the recipient of the 2022 Demco Black Caucus American Library Association (BCALA) Excellence in Librarianship Award, which recognizes librarians who have made significant contributions to the promotion of African Americans in the library profession. "I'm deeply honored to be a recipient of an award that so many others that I admire have received," said Chambers. "It is great to have my work acknowledged but is also a reflection of all who took the time to mentor/coach and instruct me on my path to librarianship."

Tamela Chambers