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Website launched for U of I presidential search
Online portal will share information; solicit feedback

June 5, 2014

URBANA, Ill. — A committee leading the nationwide search for a new University of Illinois president launched a website today to share information and gather feedback that will help guide the search.

The website – at http://www.bot.uillinois.edu/presidentialsearch – is designed to serve the needs of potential applicants as well as the university community, said the committee’s co-chairs, Trustee Pamela B. Strobel and Urbana physics professor Douglas H. Beck.

The online portal provides links to the position announcement and a just-released white paper developed by the committee that includes job duties and qualifications and a comprehensive look at the University’s three campuses, mission, challenges and opportunities.

The website also features links to keep prospective candidates and the university community informed about the search process, including background on the 19-member search committee, news releases and media coverage, the committee’s meeting schedule and the dates for a series of town hall forums that will solicit campus input on the search.

Town hall meetings are scheduled for 11 a.m. June 23 in Room 3080 of University Hall on the Springfield campus; 2 p.m. June 24 in the Michele M. Thompson rooms at Student Center West on the Chicago campus; and 3 p.m. June 25 in Beckman Auditorium on the Urbana-Champaign campus.

The website also provides opportunities for ongoing feedback from faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members, with links where users can submit nominations and post questions or comments.

The Board of Trustees launched the presidential search in March, appointing a broad-based search committee representing all major campus stakeholders that will identify and screen potential candidates to replace President Robert Easter, who will retire when his term ends on June 30, 2015.

The committee will recommend finalists to the board, which intends to name a replacement by late this fall to ensure a smooth transition before Easter leaves office. Easter became the University’s 19th president on July 1, 2012, after 36 years as a faculty member and top administrator on the Urbana-Champaign campus.

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The University of Illinois is a world leader in research and discovery, the largest educational institution in the state with more than 78,000 students, more than 23,000 faculty and staff, and campuses in Urbana-Champaign, Chicago and Springfield. The U of I awards more than 20,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees annually.