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 Entertainment

Today in entertainment history: July 7

JACKSON

A look back on the Hollywood headlines of years past.

in Entertainment

Cosby said he got drugs to give women for sex

cosby

The AP reports that during a 2005 deposition "The Cosby Show" star admitted to giving sedatives to at least one woman.

in Entertainment

Nicolas Cage almost played ‘Superman’

17-overlay3

And there's video to prove it!