Updated 3:50 p.m. Thursday
Embattled University of Illinois President Michael Hogan has resigned and Robert Easter will take the job in July.
Hogan was named the 18th president of the UI in May 2010. Before that he had served as president of the seven-campus University of Connecticut.
Hogan had been scheduled to appear Thursday morning before a meeting of the House Appropriations Committee in Springfield, but the session was abruptly canceled Wednesday evening. The committee chairman, Ken Dunkin, told state Rep. Chapin Rose that Hogan said he could not make it to the hearing.
His resignation had been under discussion this week, "culminating today," according to UI spokesman Tom Hardy.
Hogan will remain with the UI as a tenured faculty member, according to a release from the university.
"It has been a distinct honor and privilege to serve as President of the University of Illinois," Hogan said in the release. "While the University has faced some significant organizational and budgetary challenges over the past several years, we have initiated the reforms necessary to modernize and streamline our business functions and redirect the savings to academic purposes. The underpinnings of this great institution are sound."
The UI Board of Trustees' executive committee will meet on Friday to consider an agreement with Hogan and one with Robert Easter, who will be the president-designate. Hogan's resignation will be effective July 1. Here is a link to the agenda  of the emergency meeting.
His resignation comes at the end of months of tumult on the Urbana campus, including faculty anger over Hogan's attempts to centralize enrollment management for the UI's three campuses and anonymous emails traced by investigators to his chief of staff, Lisa Troyer, who then resigned. Several letters signed by scores of the most influential faculty on campus had criticized Hogan's leadership, and a recentl letter signed by more than 100 professors urged the trustees to fire Hogan as quickly as possible.
Early this month, truistees called an emergency meeting and instructed Hogan to mend fences with the faculty.
Joyce Tolliver, vice chairwoman of the Senate Executive Committee, said she believes that many of the faculty’s conflicts with Hogan had to do with shared governance.
She believes those conflicts will be resolved under Easter’s tenure, not because Hogan resigned but because Easter is such an able leader.
“I think there is no one better to be leading the university when President Hogan steps down,” Tolliver said.
She said she gives President Hogan credit for making a difficult decision, “which I think is the right one."
“I wish President and Mrs. Hogan all the best in their new roles in the university,” Tolliver said.
Easter, 64, had been interim chancellor after Richard Herman resigned as part of the Category I admissions scandal. He has had a long career at the UI that included seven years as dean of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.
In a statement from the UI, Easter said, "I have been a part of the University of Illinois — as an alumnus, member of the faculty, administrator, researcher and probably half-a-dozen other jobs — for almost four decades. I love this University and the people who work here. I am committed to our students and all of our campuses. And, it is for this reason that I accept the responsibilities as President and pledge to move forward energetically and collaboratively with an agenda that reaffirms the University of Illinois’ special place among the very best of institutions of higher learning in the United States. I have no doubt that, working together, we will get the job done.”
Here is the text of Chris Kennedy's email announcing Hogan's resignation:
March 22, 2012 I write today to inform you that University of Illinois President Michael J. Hogan has tendered his resignation, and I have accepted it on behalf of the Board of Trustees. President Hogan will remain with the University as President through a transition period until July 1. President Hogan joined the University at a very challenging time, when it had just weathered a long and very public controversy around admissions and enrollment practices, had major gaps in the administrative team, and was under such significant financial constraint that furloughs and salary freezes were required. The Board sought out a reform-minded leader and was glad to find Mike Hogan, a veteran and accomplished educational leader with a distinguished record, who was committed to carrying out an exhaustive mandate of change with a sense of necessary urgency. We were not the only university pursuing him. Ultimately, he chose to lead the University of Illinois because of its reputation and his belief that he could make a difference. In his nearly two years as President, Mike accomplished a great deal, and the University owes him a debt of gratitude for moving a number of tough initiatives forward. Among the achievements: the University netted more than $30 million in recurring annual savings through major administrative efficiencies that have been reallocated to support academic and research programs, offsetting declines in state funding and late payments from the state. He has successfully recruited a highly talented leadership team and implemented the first merit-based salary increase in three years. There have been no furlough days on his watch. During his tenure, state appropriations have remained essentially level, notwithstanding the state budget crisis. It has not been easy. Some of what Mike Hogan was compelled to do was not popular, but he did what this University needed over the past 20 months, and we thank him for his hard work, perseverance, and achievement. The Board feels that the most appropriate next step in university leadership should come from a proven administrator with a track record of collaboration and success within our University. On Friday, the Executive Committee of the Board will meet to appoint long-time University of Illinois leader Robert Easter to assume the role of president-designate. Bob stepped up for this university in some of our toughest days, as interim chancellor immediately following the disappointing and disruptive days of 2009, and he repaired and rebuilt the campus both literally and figuratively. Bob started at the U. of I. as a doctoral student, and then 36 years ago, as a faculty member. He was dean of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences before acting as interim provost and then interim chancellor, then retiring, just briefly, last October. He came back again and currently serves as interim vice chancellor for research on the Urbana campus. Dr. Easter views this University as a great educator of students and a research powerhouse destined to fulfill our land-grant mission though new ideas that create businesses, jobs and new taxes to benefit the state. He has the trust of alumni and trustees past and present, as well as faculty, administrators and staff, and always, the best interest of students at heart. Following a transition period, he will be president beginning July 1. The Board joins me in wishing Mike well and in welcoming Bob back to play another key role for our beloved University of Illinois. Sincerely, Christopher G. Kennedy Chairman, Board of Trustees