News

University of Illinois: A Rush To Replace President

University of Illinois: A Rush To Replace President

Photo: Associated Press, Newsradio WTAX

The University of Illinois is speeding up its search for a new president.

The News-Gazette in Champaign reports the presidential search committee wants to name a successor to President Robert Easter before Thanksgiving.

Easter is set to retire next June. University officials originally said they wanted to select his replacement by the end of this year.

But search committee members said Friday they want a new president in place in time to choose a new chancellor for the university’s Chicago campus.

University of Illinois-Chicago Chancellor Paula Meares is stepping down in January.

The committee also heard from Easter about what they should look for in the next president. He says his successor should have an academic background, experience at a top university, familiarity with Illinois and “substantial global experience.”

Recent Headlines

in Local

U of I Economist: Farmers Who Rent May Need To Re-Negotiate

corn

A University of Illinois Economist says farmers who rent may have to renegotiate their terms due to fall in profits.

in Local

Thousands of Gallons of Used Cooking Oil Stolen: 3 Arrested

gavel2

Three men have been arrested for stealing cooking oil from restaurants to sell to biodiesel plants.

in Local

Prison Time For Former Custodian: Sex With Special Ed Student

jail

A former Jr. High custodian goes to prison for sex with a 15-year-old special education student.

in Local

Minimum Wage: Illinois Workers Demand Increase

Fast Food Workers Convention

Illinois Fast Food Workers demand an increase in the state's minimum wage.

in Local

Potential for Severe Weather Today in Central Illinois

tornado

Potential threat of severe weather this afternoon through tonight in Springfield and Central Illinois.