University of Illinois president quits

March 23, 2012
More than 100 faculty members had called for Michael Hogan to step down

From The Chicago Sun-Times: University of Illinois President Michael Hogan has resigned after less than two years on the job. The move comes after more than 100 faculty members at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus called on him to step down. The faculty said they were upset by what they said was his autocratic leadership style and by reports that he pressured a chancellor to push for changes in the admissions process that they believe could lead to less autonomy for the campuses.

UPDATE....from The Chicago Tribune: University of Illinois trustees have chosen a steady, familiar hand to guide the institution out of its latest bout of turmoil. Robert Easter is a four-decade veteran professor and administrator at the Urbana-Champaign campus. And perhaps more important, he is highly regarded by his peers. Easter, 64, began his career as a professor of swine nutrition at the university in 1976 and over the years has served as a department head, dean of the agriculture school, a provost and interim chancellor at the Urbana-Champaign campus.

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