University of Illinois Names New President

The University of Illinois announced that its 18th president will be Michael J. Hogan, pending formal approval by the Board of Trustees at its next meeting on May 20 in Chicago. Hogan would take office effective July 1.

New U of IL President Michael J. Hogan

Hogan, president of the University of Connecticut since September 2007, brings the experience of a four-decade career in public higher education that includes progressively senior administrative appointments at The Ohio State University and the University of Iowa before joining UConn.

An acclaimed historian who served as dean of the arts and sciences at The Ohio State University before becoming executive vice president and provost at the University of Iowa, Hogan is grounded in the experience of Big Ten public research universities.

Hogan served from 2004 to 2007 as executive vice president and provost at Iowa, following a 17-year OSU career in which he progressed to executive dean of the Colleges of the Arts and Sciences—the academic core of Ohio State. His graduate degrees were earned at the University of Iowa.

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.

A specialist in post-World War II diplomatic history and the Cold War, Hogan continues his teaching, research and writing even while serving in administrative roles. His faculty experience includes Miami University in Oxford, Ohio; Stony Brook University in New York; University of Texas at Austin; and Purdue University.

As UConn president, Hogan successfully managed financial strains similar to those he will confront in Illinois. He also grew the UConn research portfolio by 25 percent over three years; 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.

Diversity and opening the doors of opportunity for all people has been a hallmark of Hogan’s career. At Iowa, he reorganized and centralized the diversity offices on campus and established a special assistant to both the president and provost for diversity. He also 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 in the College of Humanities. In his term at UConn, Hogan increased student diversity and also improved undergraduate retention and graduation rates.

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.

Selected from a field of 208 candidates for the University of Illinois presidency, Hogan emerged as the top choice in the seven-month search because of his uncommon combination of scholarship, university leadership experience and achievement, according to Board of Trustees Chairman, Christopher G. Kennedy.

“Michael Hogan’s entire career to this point has prepared him to lead a major public university. 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,” Kennedy said.

President-designate Hogan said he is enthusiastic about the opportunities and challenges of leading the University of Illinois, a top-ten research university that includes a campus that is a part of the Big Ten and a campus with a major health sciences and patient care component. The University of Illinois enrolls more than 71,000 students at campuses in Urbana-Champaign, Chicago and Springfield and conducts $727 million annually in separately funded research.

“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,” Hogan 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.”

Urbana Professor May Berenbaum said the large, diverse and multi-faceted search advisory committee coalesced around Hogan as the candidate with the best credentials to address the priorities of all the university constituencies.

“The President of the University of Illinois has a lot of different responsibilities, so the position means different things to different people. The fact that he was enthusiastically supported by everyone on the committee is incredibly encouraging,” Berenbaum said. “Everything we expect our president to accomplish, Michael Hogan has already successfully accomplished elsewhere. And the fact that he is a first-rank scholar was important to everyone, especially the faculty.”

Hogan succeeds interim U of I President Stanley O. Ikenberry. Ikenberry said he was ecstatic with the appointment of Mike Hogan and delighted at the prospect of his early arrival. “Mike will lead one of the world’s great universities, and he will bring to the task superb talent and depth,” Ikenberry said.

Hogan becomes the 18th president in the 143-year history of the University of Illinois. Ikenberry served two turns as president, from 1979 to 1995 and again as interim president since January 2010.

“The search that yielded Hogan included an exceptional field of candidates, a testament to the quality and prestige the University of Illinois maintains within American higher education,” committee chair Trustee Pamela Strobel said. “We could not be more pleased with the search process and its excellent outcome. Our search committee did an outstanding job of working together, considering an incredibly well-qualified field of candidates, and coming to a recommendation,” Strobel said. “I know that both the committee and the board are truly thrilled with the announcement of Mike Hogan as the next president of the U of I.”

Gov. Pat Quinn applauded the selection of Hogan to lead the state’s largest public university. “The track record of President Hogan reflects a person of demonstrated leadership who will work for the best interests of the University and the Land of Lincoln,” Quinn said.

Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares of UIC, where health science colleges, the College of Medicine and the university hospital are concentrated, 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.

Urbana student trustee Matthew Reschke noted that Hogan has an affinity for students and making college a positive experience for them. “As a student trustee, I placed added importance on the candidates’ relationships and interactions with the students. Dr. Hogan has been well recognized for this on his campuses, and that will translate well to our system,” Reschke said. “Needless to say, I was quite impressed with his qualifications and experiences, and we are lucky to have him.”

Jane Donaldson, a member of the University of Illinois Foundation board of directors and of the presidential search committee, said Hogan’s participation in fundraising initiatives at every level of his career underscores his awareness of the key role philanthropy has in assuring the academic quality of public universities. “Mike knows that students and their families cannot bear the full burden of diminished public support, and the generosity of loyal alumni and friends is an increasingly important piece of the puzzle in financing high quality public universities,” Donaldson said.

Tom Vogelsinger, chair of the University of Illinois Alumni Association board of directors, said, “The more than 600,000 living graduates of the university’s three campuses will be very pleased by the enthusiasm that Michael Hogan brings to the job. We welcome him to the University of Illinois with open arms and look forward to his leadership of our great institution. He connects with students, has Midwestern roots and knows the value of the lifetime connection alumni have to our alma mater.”

Born and raised in Waterloo, Iowa, Hogan earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Northern Iowa, where he majored in English with minors in history and classics. Hogan, 66, received his master’s and doctorate degrees in history at the University of Iowa. It was while he attended graduate school at Iowa that Hogan met his wife, Virginia, a former public school teacher who also earned her master’s degree there. The couple has four children: Christopher, David, Joseph and AnnElizabeth.

Hogan is a distinguished scholar specializing in the history of American diplomacy and has authored or edited nine books and numerous scholarly articles and essays. His book The Marshall Plan: America, Britain, and the Reconstruction of Western Europe, 1947-1952 (Cambridge University Press, 1987) is considered a definitive work on the subject and swept book awards from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, the American Historical Association and the International Studies Association.

He served for 15 years as editor of Diplomatic History, an international journal of record for specialists in diplomacy and foreign affairs; served on the U.S. Department of State’s Advisory Committee on Diplomatic Documentation, which he chaired for three years; and has been a fellow at the Harry S. Truman Library Institute and at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

As Iowa provost, the university’s chief academic officer, Hogan developed a new strategic plan, “The Iowa Promise,” focused on revitalizing management of the university’s enrollment; established management and investment principles to advance research priorities; and established policies that resulted in improved gender and race diversity in enrollment and employment.

During his OSU career from 1986 to 2003, Hogan was a recipient of the highest faculty award for scholarly distinction, chaired the department of history, served as dean of the College of Humanities, and became executive dean of the Colleges of the Arts and Sciences. The five colleges enroll 17,000 undergraduate and graduate students, employ 1,000 faculty and account for 60 percent of the credit hours taught at Ohio State.

Before he joined the Ohio State faculty, Hogan was a faculty member at Miami University for nine years, preceded by service at Stony Brook and the University of Texas. Hogan has also been a distinguished lecturer at Purdue. A complete biography and curriculum vitae for Michael J. Hogan can be found at