University of Illinois President Michael J. Hogan has submitted his
resignation to the school's Board of Trustees, according to a U of I
announcement. The resignation comes after calls for a resignation by about 100 faculty members, who took issue with Hogan's moves to meld functions of the school's three campuses and his governing style. Hogan has been university president for about two years.
"It has been a distinct honor and privilege to serve as President of the University of Illinois," Hogan said in a press release and email sent to alumni. "While the University has faced some significant organizational and budgetary challenges over the past several years, we have initiated the reforms necessary to modernize and streamline our business functions and redirect the savings to academic purposes. The underpinnings of this great institution are sound."
On March 23, the Board will vote to approve Hogan's resignation terms and the appointment of Robert Easter, long-time faculty member and interim vice chancellor for research at the Urbana-Champaign campus, as his successor.
Easter says he is looking to "move forward energetically and collaboratively with an agenda that reaffirms the University of Illinois' special place among the very best of institutions of higher learning in the United States."
Hogan's ties with the University of Illinois will not be severed with his resignation as he will continue on as a tenured faculty member. If approved, Hogan's resignation will be effective July 1.
Hogan's predecessor, B. Joseph White, resigned amidst controversy surrounding preference in the admission of students with ties to those with clout.