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What the competition is doing: New Illinois president

From the Daily Illini:

CHICAGO, Ill. --The University of Illinois today announced that its 18th president will be Michael J. Hogan, pending formal approval by the Board of Trustees at its next meeting on May 20 in Chicago. Hogan would take office effective July 1.

Hogan, president of the University of Connecticut since September 2007, brings the experience of a four-decade career in public higher education that includes progressively senior administrative appointments at The Ohio State University and the University of Iowa before joining UConn.

An acclaimed historian who served as dean of the arts and sciences at The Ohio State University before becoming executive vice president and provost at the University of Iowa, Hogan is grounded in the experience of Big Ten public research universities.

During his career, Hogan has led high performing teaching and research universities, managed university-based health science centers and hospitals, engaged in fundraising and alumni relations and overseen major intercollegiate athletics.

A specialist in post-World War II diplomatic history and the Cold War, Hogan continues his teaching, research and writing even while serving in administrative roles. His faculty experience includes Miami University in Oxford, Ohio; Stony Brook University in New York; University of Texas at Austin; and Purdue University.

As UConn president, Hogan successfully managed financial strains similar to those he will confront in Illinois. He also grew the UConn research portfolio by 25 percent over three years; worked with the legislature to secure a capital spending plan; partnered with the Connecticut governor and General Assembly, the congressional delegation and area hospitals on a $352 million initiative to improve access to quality health care, including the construction of a new hospital; and raised academic standards at UConn as measured by test scores, diversity and retention rates.

He also hired the largest class of new faculty of color at Iowa and recruited the largest class of students of color. At Ohio State, he established an institute for the study of race and ethnicity and enhanced diversity in the College of Humanities. In his term at UConn, Hogan increased student diversity and also improved undergraduate retention and graduation rates.

Selected from a field of 208 candidates for the University of Illinois presidency,
Hogan emerged as the top choice in the seven-month search because of his uncommon combination of scholarship, university leadership experience and achievement, according to Board of Trustees Chairman, Christopher G. Kennedy.

"Michael Hogan's entire career to this point has prepared him to lead a major public university. He has held nearly every management and executive position in academia, steadily rising through the ranks on the merits of his scholarship, commitment and leadership," Kennedy said

"I'm delighted to be returning to the Midwest to lead the University of Illinois, a top-tier institution and center of outstanding research and scholarship," Hogan said. "I grew up in the Midwest, earned my degrees here and started my family here. I couldn't be more pleased to return to my roots as president of this world-class university."

"The search that yielded Hogan included an exceptional field of candidates, a testament to the quality and prestige the University of Illinois maintains within American higher education," committee chair Trustee Pamela Strobel said.

"We could not be more pleased with the search process and its excellent outcome. Our search committee did an outstanding job of working together, considering an incredibly well-qualified field of candidates, and coming to a recommendation," Strobel said. "I know that both the committee and the board are truly thrilled with the announcement of Mike Hogan as the next president of the U of I."

Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares of UIC, where health science colleges, the College of Medicine and the university hospital are concentrated, said Hogan's work with academic medical centers at Iowa and UConn is significant. "He brings a breadth of experience that bodes well for Illinois' great land-grant university and three campuses with distinct missions," Allen-Meares said.

As Iowa provost, the university's chief academic officer, Hogan developed a new strategic plan, "The Iowa Promise," focused on revitalizing management of the university's enrollment; established management and investment principles to advance research priorities; and established policies that resulted in improved gender and race diversity in enrollment and employment.

During his OSU career from 1986 to 2003, Hogan was a recipient of the highest faculty award for scholarly distinction, chaired the department of history, served as dean of the College of Humanities, and became executive dean of the Colleges of the Arts and Sciences. The five colleges enroll 17,000 undergraduate and graduate students, employ 1,000 faculty and account for 60 percent of the credit hours taught at Ohio State.

Sounds like he would have been an excellent candidate for the U of M job... Perhaps if the job had opened a little earlier it would have been better for all?

Given the availability of people like this on the market and the fact that our actual BigTen competition regularly hires outsiders, I'd suggest we do the same thing this time. I can't think of a person at the U of M right now who could hold a candle to Dr. Hogan's record. It is especially noteworthy that he comes from the liberal arts side of the university AND has significant experience dealing with medical school related issues. Some knowledgeable leadership on this front in Morrill Hall would be a great improvement.

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