UI to announce new president Wednesday

By Abigale Svoboda

After an eight-month search, the University will announce its new president Wednesday morning. 

Board of Trustees Chairman Christopher Kennedy, accompanied by other University officials, will visit each campus throughout the day to introduce the new president. 

The press conferences will begin at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Chicago campus and will continue in Springfield at 12 p.m. 

The event at the Urbana campus will begin at 3 p.m. in the south lounge of the Illini Union. All three events can be viewed on a live webcast. 

The newly appointed president will serve as the University’s 20th president, replacing current President Robert Easter after three years of service. Easter, a University alumnus, has been on campus for 42 years, as both a student and an employee of the University. He will retire on June 30, 2015, and the new president’s appointment will begin July 1.

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