Statement by Chancellor Susan J. Koch
March 23, 2012
As you learned from yesterday’s announcement by Board of Trustees Chairman Christopher Kennedy, University of Illinois President Michael Hogan has resigned effective July 1, 2012. Since my appointment as Chancellor this past July, I have valued the opportunity to work with President Hogan. I have especially appreciated his support for the Springfield campus and his commitment to our continued advancement as one of the three campuses of the University of Illinois. I wish Mike and his wife, Virginia all the best in the future.
I am pleased that Bob Easter will be stepping into the UI Presidency for the next two years. He is, as you know, a highly regarded leader who is deeply respected by UI faculty, staff, students and alumni. Bob and I have become well acquainted during the past several months and he called me yesterday afternoon to express his enthusiasm for this new appointment and to convey his confidence in the UIS leadership and in the continued advancement of our campus. I have invited President-designate Easter to campus and he will be visiting soon.
I am confident that the leadership transition at the UI central administration will go smoothly and, in the meantime, we will continue to move forward here at UIS. As I mentioned in my recent campus letter, in dozens of conversations with many faculty and staff this year I have been heartened by consistent themes: a passionate commitment to our students and their educational experience, an intellectual curiosity that fuels high-quality scholarship and an understanding that each of us contributes every day to the reputation of our academic community.
Those are the themes that will continue to enable us to achieve our university’s mission and aspirations. I deeply appreciate the important part that you play in that regard.
Susan Koch, Chancellor