U of I President Looks To Leadership Transition, Remaining Challenges

December 05, 2014
 
University of Illinois President Robert Easter, who is slated to retire at the end of June.

University of Illinois President Robert Easter, who is slated to retire at the end of June.

(Jeff Bossert/WILL)

University of Illinois President Robert Easter says it’s possible the school could see a transition to his successor, incoming president Timothy Killeen, sooner than expected.

He’s slated to retire at the end of June, but Easter says as Killeen gets comfortable, it’s possible that date could be moved up.

Killeen first must finish work at the State University System in New York, where he serves as head of its research foundation.

And Easter says Killeen also wants to get a better understanding of Illinois government and politics – and visit the U of I’s three campuses.

"As we go forward, the date June 30th not cast in stone, it depends on when he’s ready and we’re at a point of passing on the baton so to speak," he said, in an interview Thursday with Illinois Public Media's Jeff Bossert.

Killeen will assist Easter in several areas over the next few months, including final interviews for a new chancellor on the Chicago campus.

Story source: WILL