In Illinois, Raising Questions About Trustees

July 14, 2009

Two former University of Illionois presidents, together with two former chancellors, have called for changes in the way trustees are appointed (so that the governor's power might be reduced) and for changes in the make-up of the current board, The News-Gazette reported. The letter said that too many of the current trustees -- who have been implicated in a scandal involving admissions preferences for the politically connected -- have "pursued personal interests and saw themselves accountable only to the governor." The former presidents and chancellors said that they wanted to draw attention to the fact that under previous trustees, there had not been similar preferences demanded or granted. Meanwhile, the Chicago Tribune reported on testimony to a state panel investigating the admissions scandal that at least one trustee contacted university officials to make sure his relative got into the classes he wanted at the university.

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