Monday, August 23, 2010

New U of I president: 2011 will be tough

University of Illinois trustees last May picked Michael Hogan, president of the University of Connecticut, from among more than 200 candidates to become the U of I's 18th president.

Hogan, who oversees campuses in Urbana-Champaign, Springfield and Chicago, replaced interim president Stanley Ikenberry.

Hogan, an expert in the history of post-World War II American diplomacy, took over at Illinois on July 1. He held senior administrative positions at Ohio State and Iowa before assuming leadership at UConn in 2007.

He's immediately had to tackle state funding issues and repairing the university's image in the wake of the admissions scandal.

While in Springfield to attend the Sale of Champions on Agriculture Day at the Illinois State Fair, Hogan met with The State Journal-Register's editorial board. The following Q&A represents a portion of that interview and was published in a August 22, 2010, edition.

Download the full Q&A as a PDF