(AP) -- The University of Illinois has named a
of Chicago executive as
president of its fundraising operation.
The school said Wednesday that Thomas J.
Farrell will take over as president of the University of Illinois
Foundation on Jan. 1. He will replace Sidney
Micek (MEE'-sek), who will retire. Micek became president in 2000.
The 50-year-old Farrell is the former vice
president for alumni relations and development at Chicago. Officials say fundraising increased
sharply in his two years in that roll.
Foundation board Chairman Jane P. Donaldson
said Farrell has a good understanding of how important money raised from
private sources is to the University
Farrell says the university is well
positioned to address some of the biggest challenges facing the country.