University of Illinois President Michael Hogan said he'd fight to keep his job.

University of Illinois President Michael Hogan resigned March 22, two weeks after his chief of staff sent a series of questionable eMails to faculty members and Hogan was asked by school officials to repair his relationship with campus educators.

The resignation was announced in a letter from Christopher G. Kennedy, chairman of the school’s Board of Trustees.

“President Hogan joined the university at a very challenging time, when it had just weathered a long and very public controversy around admissions and enrollment practices, had major gaps in the administrative team, and was under such significant financial constraint that furloughs and salary freezes were required,” Kennedy said in the letter.

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“It has not been easy,” he added. “Some of what Mike Hogan was compelled to do was not popular, but he did what this university needed over the past 20 months, and we thank him for his hard work, perseverance and achievement.”

Hogan has been under fire since early January, when his chief of staff, Lisa Troyer, resigned after being accused of posing as a faculty senator in anonymous eMails sent to a faculty group to influence its debate.

Troyer said she did not write or send the eMails, but an outside investigation determined she was the likely author.

Earlier this month, the university’s board of trustees directed Hogan to repair his relationship with the faculty, who continue to question whether he can change his leadership style.

Hogan said he planned to meet with deans, chancellors, and faculty Senates at the university’s three campuses to convince them otherwise.

“I’m optimistic that I can. I need to have a plan and a program to get out and respond to these people and to their concerns,” he said at the time. “I moved too quickly without full consultation and deeply regret it. I want to reassure them they will be a full part of the process going forward and they will have a voice in the process.”

Robert Easter, a longtime administrator who has been an interim chancellor, will serve as the next president.

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