Interview: Tim Killeen, President of the University of Illinois System 

 
U of I System President Tim Killeen

U of I System President Tim Killeen

Univ. of Illinois

The University of Illinois System has one of the most comprehensive reopening plans in the country. The Urbana-Champaign campus ran 17,000 tests for COVID-19 on the first day of the fall semester alone. And undergraduates are required to continue testing for the virus twice a week. The university has also developed an app to assist with contact tracing to help contain the pandemic. The U of I strategy has received national attention, but as we heard recently, even the most robust testing strategy isn’t without its flaws. An unexpected upswing in positive cases, and trouble with contact tracing, forced UIUC to impose lockdown measures on undergraduate students. 

The 21st spoke to University of Illinois System President Tim Killeen to tell us more about how the school is adjusting to these bumps in the road and the school year ahead.

Guests:

Timothy Killeen, President of the University of Illinois System 

 

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