Robert Easter was named President of the University of Illinois earlier this year. The move culminates a nearly 40 year career at the school, which started when he was a doctoral student.
He has taken over the helm of the U of I at a difficult time. The university has faced scandals that led to the past two presidents leaving early and financial problems have forced big tuition hikes in recent years. But Easter says he’s an optimist.
He visited the WUIS studios and spoke with Sean Crawford. Easter talks about the challenges ahead, what he foresees for the UIS campus and how his transition to the president’s role is going: