University of Illinois Board of Trustees Chairman Christopher G. Kennedy says longtime administrator Robert Easter (pictured) will be the school’s new president after the resignation of Michael Hogan. “He’s beloved by the faculty not only in Urbana but (by) many of the people that he’s partnered with on other campuses as well. Bob has a long relationship with the agricultural industry in Illinois and around the world. He’s been to China over 40 times,” Kennedy said.
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Easter has agreed to serve for two years. The board of trustees is expected to vote on his appointment May 31. The university announced earlier Thursday that Hogan resigned. Hogan angered some faculty with plans they feared would cost the university’s three campuses their autonomy. A series of anonymous e-mails blamed on Hogan’s chief of staff and what some saw as his dictatorial style also fueled unhappiness among faculty members. The chief of staff denied writing the emails but resigned. Kennedy says Hogan told him on Sunday that he would resign, and Kennedy says he didn’t pressure Hogan to state a reason.