Robert Easter takes the helm as president of the University of Illinois on July 1st, when the resignation of current President Michael Hogan takes effect.
Easter earned his doctorate at the U of I in the early 1970s before taking a faculty position there. He recently served as Dean of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, and then interim Provost and Chancellor on the Urbana campus.
The university has gone through a rough period over the last few years marked by an embarrassing admissions scandal, and the resignations of two presidents. Easter will stay on as president for two years, and he tells Illinois Public Radio’s Sean Powers that he’s ready to help move the university forward.
[.mp3 – 6:55 – 6.33 MB]
-Sean Powers, Illinois Public Radio