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Kennedy defends Hogan in reply to faculty

Answering faculty calls for change, University of Illinois Board of Trustees Chairman Christopher Kennedy expressed his support for Michael Hogan, saying the embattled president has been instrumental in building a strong administrative team at the UI.

From The News-Gazette:

He also pledged to continue working to strengthen relationships with faculty.

Meanwhile, the campus senate is inviting Hogan to a special meeting to publicly address faculty concerns about his leadership, expressed in several recent letters, petitions and resolutions. The meeting will be scheduled "as soon as possible," said Professor Joyce Tolliver, vice chairwoman of the senate.

Kennedy responded in writing Monday to the latest letter, signed by 130 professors with prestigious endowed chairs or professorships who said they no longer have confidence in the UI president and called for Hogan's resignation. The letter was made public last week and delivered to trustees Monday.

In a written reply to the original 14 signatories, Kennedy answered many of the concerns laid out in the faculty letter, which criticized Hogan's actions during the ongoing enrollment management controversy and the resignation of his former chief of staff, Lisa Troyer, as well as other steps they felt threatened campus autonomy.

Read more: http://www.news-gazette.com/news/education/2012-02-28/kennedy-defends-hogan-reply-faculty.html



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