UConn leader named U of Illinois president
Michael Hogan “has held nearly every management and executive position in academia, steadily rising through the ranks on the merits of his scholarship, commitment and leadership," said Board of Trustees chair Christopher Kennedy.
Michael J. Hogan, president of the University of Connecticut, was named president of the University of Illinois today, pending formal approval by the Board of Trustees at its May 20 meeting at UIC.
He will take office July 1.
A formal announcement of the appointment will be made Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. in the Illinois Room, Student Center East.
Hogan, president of UConn since September 2007, has four decades of experience in public higher education.
Selected from a field of 208 candidates, he emerged as the top choice in the seven-month search because of his combination of scholarship, university leadership experience and achievement, said Board of Trustees chairman Christopher G. Kennedy.
"Michael Hogan's entire career to this point has prepared him to lead a major public university,” Kennedy said.
“He has held nearly every management and executive position in academia, steadily rising through the ranks on the merits of his scholarship, commitment and leadership."
During his career, Hogan has led high performing teaching and research universities, managed university-based health science centers and hospitals, engaged in fundraising and alumni relations and overseen major intercollegiate athletics.
Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares said Hogan's work with academic medical centers at Iowa and UConn is significant.
"He brings a breadth of experience that bodes well for Illinois' great land-grant university and three campuses with distinct missions," Allen-Meares said.
Hogan was dean of arts and sciences at Ohio State University before becoming executive vice president and provost at the University of Iowa from 2004 to 2007.
Before he joined the Ohio State faculty, he was a faculty member at Miami University, Stony Brook University and the University of Texas at Austin.
A historian who specializes in post-World War II diplomatic history and the Cold War, Hogan has continued his teaching, research and writing while serving in administrative roles.
The University of Connecticut, with total enrollment of nearly 30,000 students on seven campuses and an operating budget of $1.7 billion, has been ranked as the best public university in New England by U.S. News and World Report for 11 consecutive years.
As UConn president, Hogan managed financial strains similar to those he will confront in Illinois.
He worked with the legislature to secure a capital spending plan; partnered with the Connecticut governor and General Assembly, the congressional delegation and area hospitals on a $352 million initiative to improve access to quality health care, including the construction of a new hospital; and raised academic standards at UConn as measured by test scores, diversity and retention rates.
During his term at UConn, the research portfolio has increased by 25 percent over three years. The university also increased student diversity and improved undergraduate retention and graduation rates.
At Iowa, Hogan reorganized and centralized the diversity offices on campus and established a special assistant to both the president and provost for diversity. He hired the largest class of new faculty of color at Iowa and recruited the largest class of students of color.
At Ohio State, he established an institute for the study of race and ethnicity and enhanced diversity.
Born and raised in Waterloo, Iowa, Hogan, 66, earned his bachelor's degree at the University of Northern Iowa, where he majored in English with minors in history and classics. He received his master's and doctorate degrees in history at the University of Iowa.
"I'm delighted to be returning to the Midwest to lead the University of Illinois, a top-tier institution and center of outstanding research and scholarship," he said.
"I grew up in the Midwest, earned my degrees here and started my family here. I couldn't be more pleased to return to my roots as president of this world-class university."