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Kennedy Thinks McMillan Will Be New U of I Trustees Chairman

U of I Trustee Ed McMillan

New U of I Board of Trustees Chairman Ed McMillan (University of Illinois News Bureau)

Outgoing University of Illinois trustees Chairman Christopher Kennedy believes current trustee Edward McMillan will be his replacement.

The university's board of trustees is expected to vote Thursday on a new chairman. The trustees oversee the university's three campuses.
Kennedy plans to step down when his term ends on Monday.
He told The News-Gazette that other trustees appear to all support McMillan.
McMillan has been a trustee since 2009. He is a former president and CEO of Purina Mills Inc. and is from Greenville, about 40 miles east of St. Louis.
Kennedy is a Democrat and announced plans to step down assuming that Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner would not reappoint him. McMillan is a Republican.
Rauner will have to name replacements for Kennedy and another retiring trustee, Pam Strobel.