January 18, 2022


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Dean Boyer to Transition to New Role; Man Shot by UCPD Charged with Attempted Murder | Newsletter for January 26

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John Boyer announced he will transition from Dean of the College to the newly created role of senior adviser to the president in 2023.

  • Boyer was first appointed as Dean in 1992 and will have served for 30 years under five different presidents.
  • He is the longest-serving Dean of the College and will continue to teach in the College.

The UCPD officer who shot a gunman near campus last week also shot a University student in 2018. Meanwhile, the gunman, whom prosecutors allege was experiencing a mental health episode, has been charged by the Chicago district attorney.

  • The officer, Nicolas Twardak, has been put on mandatory administrative leave while the University and UCPD starts an investigation.
  • The accused gunman, Rhysheen Wilson, was charged with one count each of attempted murder of a police officer, aggravated discharge of a firearm to a person, and aggravated unauthorized use of a weapon. A judge set his bail at $2 million.


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