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University of Illinois Names New President

University of Illinois Names New President

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A new president is on his way in at the University of Illinois.

The U. of I. announced Wednesday that it’ll be Timothy L. Killeen, coming here from the State University of New York, where he was vice chancellor for research and president of the Research Foundation.

He said in his remarks this morning after being introduced at the University of Illinois at Chicago that the world is a technological place, put people are most important.

“By focusing on human capital, and students, faculty and staff, higher education can partner with other sectors, and also create the needed social capital and economic capital for our common future,” he said. “Where else can all these ingredients come together than in a place like this?”

Board of Trustees Chairman Christopher Kennedy said the search committee and the board were looking for a new president who has experience teaching and administration, whose research is substantial enough to impress the faculty, and who has experience in the workings of government and other grant-making organizations.

Killeen spent 20 years on faculty and in the administration at the University of Michigan, and is a former assistant director of geosciences at the National Science Foundation, which distributes federal research funds, and the U. of I. is third among universities in getting those grants.

He still needs official Board of Trustees approval, expected to come Jan. 15, and then he’ll take over when Robert Easter retires in the middle of next year.

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