The incoming president of the University of Illinois comes from an accomplished family. Timothy Killeen comes here from the State University of New York, and he spent two decades at the University of Michigan. So where’d he get that funny accent? “I grew up in Wales, and then I went to college in London. My father worked in business, but he had been formerly a lecturer at the University of Birmingham,” he said.
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And his mother was a doctor. “I learned after she passed away that she was the second woman M.D. to be qualified to be a doctor in Wales. I kind of felt proud about that,” he said. Killeen says he has visited the Champaign campus many times and knows a lot about Illinois, but is not yet ready to be quizzed about the finer points. He says he’s a fast learner now, so he’ll get up to speed. However, he says as a student, he wasn’t so fast a learner because he didn’t ask questions. He says he wants U. of I. students not to be passive receivers of information, but active learners.