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    U of I looks to extend president's contract

    Physicist Tim Killeen would be the first to get such an extension in more than a decade.

    Tim Killeen


    Tim Killeen could get another four years as president of the University of Illinois System.

    79彩票注册网址The school’s trustees are scheduled to vote on the contract extension Thursday.

    If approved, Killeen, 67, would be the first president of the state’s flagship public university system to have a contract extended since 2005.

    79彩票注册网址The top job at U of I had been both lonely and short-lived since Joseph White resigned in 2009 amid an admissions scandal involving the state Legislature. Former U of I President Stanley Ikenberry, who led the university from 1979 to 1995, was called out of retirement for two years.

    Killeen, a physicist born in Wales, came to U of I in 2015 from the State University of New York system, where he was vice chancellor for research.

    If Killeen’s contract, which is up in June, gets extended, it’s a sign of much-needed stability for U of I. It also keeps alive the Discovery Partners Institute79彩票注册网址 project, a plan to build a large research and teaching facility downtown that would help bring faculty and students from top-ranked tech programs at the school’s Urbana campus to Chicago. Killeen has been the driving force for the project, which is ambitious and controversial. Its fate is far from certain.

    Killeen guided the university through a difficult stretch in which the school and the state went for two years without a formal budget. Despite financial challenges, Killeen froze tuition for five years, responding to a public outcry over years of tuition increases. He's also .

    79彩票注册网址Under the proposed deal, Killeen would get a sizable raise to $835,000 from his current $700,000 annual pay. He also would get $100,000 a year in deferred compensation. “The proposed four-year extension is the maximum number of years allowed under Illinois law and reflects the board’s confidence in Killeen’s leadership,” the university said in a statement.

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