Microsoft SharePoint is run as shared service for all campuses, colleges, departments, and committees affiliated with the University of Illinois System.  Site collections are provided free of charge to qualifying units by request.

What is SharePoint?

SharePoint is a tool for collaboration that helps groups of people (whether work teams or social groups) share information and work together. SharePoint sites are dynamic and interactive -- members of the site can contribute their own ideas and content as well as comment o or contribute to other people's sites. For example, SharePoint can help you:

  • Automate and streamline educational and business processes
  • Build highly collaborative environments (i.e. team sites)
  • Coordinate projects, calendars, and schedules.
  • Discuss ideas and review documents or proposals.
  • Share information and keep in touch with other people.

The SharePoint Shared Service

Recognizing a common need for the benefits of SharePoint, staff members across the university came together to build a central SharePoint service.  Since its debut in November 2012, units can take advantage of SharePoint immediately, without spending the enormous time and resources usually required for installing and maintaining their own SharePoint server farm.

In addition to a standard production service, the service also includes a Test farm where the features and capabilities of SharePoint can be freely explored.  Most units have both a Test and Production site collection so they can test changes, workflows, and different configurations before making changes to their production sites.

The following presentations provide more details on the SharePoint service:

  • SharePoint at the University of Illinois - presented Febuary 15, 2013 at the UIC Caffeine Break.  Demonstrated examples of how the SharePoint shared service is being used throughout the university.


The SharePoint Shared Service Governance plan outlines the set of policies, roles, and responsibilities that guide, direct, and control the management and operation of the University of Illinois System's SharePoint Shared Service. Governance ensures that the service is designed, managed, and used in accordance with its intent and in compliance with University and campus-level policies, procedures and constraints.

Advisory Board

The role of the Advisory Board is to provide strategic insight and direction for the service to ensure that the service continues to meet the needs and expectations of its users. The Advisory Board generally meets once per month.  Membership of the Advisory Board includes these University of Illinois System staff members:

  • Nyle Bolliger - System Office\AITS; Asst VP Computer Operations - Executive Sponsor
  • Sal Belahi - UIUC\Engineering; Sr IT Specialist
  • Shauna Clayborn - System Office\OBFS; Sr Communications Prgm Specialist
  • Dean Dang -  UIC\ACCC; IT Mgr/ADM - SAO
  • Larry Dunham - UIUC\Tech Services; Sr IT Security Risk Analyst
  • Larry Gibson - System Office\AITS; App Admin Coordinator - SharePoint Administration
  • Mark Goedert - UIC\ACCC; Dir IT Strategy & Planning
  • Amanda Hemming - System Office\OBFS; App Specialist
  • Brad Horn - UIUC\Tech Services; App Specialist - SharePoint Administration
  • Vern Huber - UIS\ITS; Asst Dir Enterprise Apps
  • Andre Krabbe - UIUC\Tech Services; Asst Dir Software Svcs
  • Thomas Kunka - UIUC\Tech Services; Sr App Specialist
  • Tim Newcomb - UIUC\BTAA; Operations Coordinator
  • Philip Nyman - UIUC\Tech Services; Lead Training Specialist – Chair
  • Haritha Siddabathuni - UIC\Facility and Space Planning; Asst Dir Facilities & Services
  • Hussain Zaidi - UIC\ACCC; IT Tech Assoc (LC)