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University of Illinois President Hogan resigns

University of Illinois President Michael Hogan has resigned. (AP Photo/David Mercer, File)
University of Illinois President Michael Hogan has resigned. (AP Photo/David Mercer, File)

CHAMPAIGN – University of Illinois President Michael Hogan resigned Thursday after coming under pressure from faculty for months over what some considered his dictatorial managerial style and moves they feared would cut into autonomy on the school's campuses.

"While the University has faced some significant organizational and budgetary challenges over the past several years, we have initiated the reforms necessary to modernize and streamline our business functions and redirect the savings to academic purposes," Hogan said in a statement. "The underpinnings of this great institution are sound."

Board of Trustees Chairman Christopher Kennedy announced Hogan's resignation in a mass email to students and university employees. Kennedy wrote that he accepted Hogan's resignation on behalf of the university's Board of Trustees. The board's executive committee will meet to approve the terms of Hogan's resignation on Friday.

Hogan will remain with the university as a tenured faculty member. He will stay in the president's job until July 1, when longtime administrator Bob Easter will take over as interim president, Kennedy said.

Hogan was hired in May 2010 from the University of Connecticut. He replaced B. Joseph White after White resigned during the Category I admissions scandal.

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