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URBANA – When the SARS epidemic ravaged Hong Kong a few years ago, it prompted worries at the University of Illinois and other colleges.
How would a school continue to teach thousands of students if its campus had to be shut down or quarantined because of an outbreak?
B. Joseph White, the next president of the University of Illinois, was introduced to faculty, staff and students at the UI's three campuses early this month.
White is a Michigan native who served as interim president of the University of Michigan in 2002 and was dean of its business school for 10 years. He not only has a long history at Michigan, but private business experience as well. He served in two vice president positions at a Fortune 500 company, and he helped a New York City asset management firm last year in its recovery from the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
URBANA – B. Joseph White sees the University of Illinois as a "university of the future," and he spoke with enthusiasm Tuesday about his future here.
White will be the 16th president of the UI, beginning in February 2005, and he was introduced to administrators, faculty, staff and students Tuesday at the Urbana and Chicago campuses.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – An administrator who treats low-level staffers with the same regard as he does a prestigious professor.
An innovative dean who pushes faculty for results, but never forgets to sign off every e-mail with a "thank you."
URBANA – University of Illinois professors who huddled around computers to hear the first press conference by their new president generally liked what they heard Tuesday.
Senior faculty said they were impressed with the resume of B. Joseph White, 57, a business professor and former interim president at the University of Michigan, though some were reserving judgment until they see him on the job.