Robert Easter has begun work as the University of Illinois' new president. In the last fiscal year, retirements were up at public universities and colleges in Illinois triggered in part by fears of possible reductions in pension benefits. Despite the higher retirement rate, Easter says he thinks the U of I will be in good shape.
Easter replaces Michael Hogan, who resigned amid pressure from faculty and students about his management style and plans to centralize the enrollment process for the U of I's three campuses. Easter says he's focused on creating a sense of stability at the university. He has agreed to stay on as president for two years.
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