The University of Illinois system has hired State University of New York Vice Chancellor for Research Timothy L. Killeen as its next president.
The university announced Wednesday that the 62-year-old Killeen will become president when current President Robert Easter retires in June.
The 67-year-old Easter became president in 2012 during a period of turmoil.
Both of his predecessors, Michael Hogan and B. Joseph White, resigned under pressure. Easter is credited by many with overseeing a relatively calm period.
But Killeen faces uncertainties over dwindling state support for the three university campuses and rising tuition.
Killeen previously was a University of Michigan faculty member and administrator and worked at the National Science Foundation. His research focused on geophysics and space sciences.
More on Dr. Killeen and his career can be found at www.uillinois.edu/20thPresident