WBEZ | Chris Kennedy http://www.wbez.org/tags/chris-kennedy Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Kennedy defends Hogan's brief presidency at U of I http://www.wbez.org/story/kennedy-defends-hogans-brief-presidency-u-i-97557 <p><p>The Chairman of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees said Mike Hogan made the university stronger in his two years as university president. Hogan offered his resignation Thursday.</p><p>U of I Board Chairman Chris Kennedy said it was Hogan's decision to resign, he wasn't forced out. Hogan took over as president in 2010 after the university became mired in an admissions scandal. But in recent months, some faculty had started calling for Hogan to be fired.</p><p>Kennedy said Hogan has numerous accomplishments in two years' time and he said Hogan has strengthened the university's ability to recruit employees.</p><p>"People who are great agents of change rarely get to enjoy the change that they've wrought," Kennedy said.</p><p>When asked if he expected he'd have to help pick another president so soon, Kennedy would say only, "Well, maybe we'll get good at it."</p><p>Kennedy said the board will conduct a national search for the next president, but he said there is a strong bench of potential candidates already at the university.</p></p> Fri, 23 Mar 2012 10:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/kennedy-defends-hogans-brief-presidency-u-i-97557 U of I president resigns http://www.wbez.org/story/u-i-president-resigns-97547 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2012-March/2012-03-22/AP10051101820.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The head of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees announced Thursday that president Michael Hogan is resigning.</p><p>The announcement came in an email sent from Board Chair Christopher Kennedy.</p><p>“It has been a distinct honor and privilege to serve as President of the University of Illinois,” Hogan said. “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.”</p><p>Hogan will serve as president until July, and will stay on as a tenured history professor thereafter. He'll be succeeded on an interim basis by Robert Easter, a long-time faculty member, according to a university press release.</p><p>The U of I board will give preliminary approval to the resignation at a meeting Friday, according to the university.</p><p>In the email, Kennedy suggested the U of I's next leader should be "a proven administrator with a track record of collaboration and success within our University." Some professors have been calling on the board to fire Hogan for weeks. They complained he did a bad job communicating with U of I faculty.</p><p>Hogan took over at the University of Illinois in 2010, in the wake of an admissions scandal there.</p><p>Meanwhile, Professor Laura Greene said Hogan's resignation is "good for the university." She's one of the faculty members that signed on to those letters asking for Hogan's dismissal. Greene said she oppossed plans to consolidate the university's admissions system.</p><p>"For this particular university system, I think it’s important to maintain the strength of each campus," Greene said.</p><p>Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn said in a statement he respects Hogan's decision.</p><p>"I would like to thank him for taking on the challenge of heading our state's flagship university during a difficult transition period," Quinn said.</p><p>Quinn, who is an ex officio member of U of I's Board of Trustees, also commented on the decision to appoint Bob Easter as univeristy president-designate.</p><p>"I have confidence in his (Easter's) leadership and ability to continue moving the state's largest university forward," Quinn said.</p></p> Thu, 22 Mar 2012 18:57:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/u-i-president-resigns-97547 Illinois owes U of I $450 million http://www.wbez.org/story/chris-kennedy/illinois-owes-u-i-450-million <p><p>The chairman of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees is criticizing the State of Illinois for not paying its bills on time. Chris Kennedy said Tuesday the state owed the university $450 million as of December. He said that unpaid debt damages the entire university's financial outlook.</p><p>&quot;The really important issue is making sure is to see our university in its competitive context and make sure that the things that happen in Illinois don't force teachers or professors or researchers or scientists to leave the University of Illinois,&quot;&nbsp;Kennedy said.</p><p>Kennedy said many other universities around the country are not getting money promised to them, either, so professors are still inclined to stay at the U of I. He said the money owed to the university accounts for 10 percent of its total budget, so the university is able to operate okay day-to-day.</p></p> Tue, 01 Mar 2011 20:37:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/chris-kennedy/illinois-owes-u-i-450-million