U of I naming presidential search committee

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URBANA, Ill. (AP) -- University of Illinois trustees are holding a special meeting to name 19 members of the search committee that will look for a new president.

University President Robert Easter has said he plans to retire in June 2015. The university has said it hopes to have a replacement selected by January.

The committee that will announced Friday will include trustees, faculty members, students, as well representatives from UI Alumni Association and the UI Foundation, among others.

Trustees oversee all three university campuses and will have the final say on a replacement for Easter.

Easter has been president since 2012. He replaced Michael Hogan who resigned under pressure from faculty who were unhappy over his plans for the university.

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