The governor can’t say enough about the character of the University of Illinois’ departing president, but thinks his resignation was the right move. Gov. Pat Quinn says he has known Michael Hogan for a long time and says he’s a nice guy and a noted scholar, but the time had come for him to step down, even though he’d been in office for only two years. Quinn says Hogan’s replacement, Bob Easter, will be great.
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“President Easter, who will take over on July 1, is one of the greatest persons we could ever find to take over the University of Illinois,” says Quinn. Hogan stepped down last week amid hundreds of calls from faculty members for his ouster. Hogan will take a year-long sabbatical beginning July 1, when Easter takes over. Hogan will return as a tenured professor making $280,000 a year.