CHICAGO — A statewide science coalition has selected the University of Illinois' president as chairman.
On Monday, Michael J. Hogan was elected chairman of the board of directors of the Illinois Science & Technology Coalition.
Hogan becomes the first academic to head the eight-member board, replacing Gerald J. Roper of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce.
ISTC's goal is to foster collaboration among leading businesses, universities and research laboratories in Illinois, creating partnerships that yield ground-breaking research ideas, attract funding from government and private foundations, and create jobs.
Hogan led a similar effort last year at the UI, where a vice president's position was restructured to focus on research and promote collaboration among the UI's campuses in Urbana-Champaign, Chicago and Springfield.
The UI received more than $700 million in separately funded research grants during the 2010-11 academic year, and ranked eighth among all public research universities in federal research funding.