U Conn president takes over at the U of I

      Historian and university administrator Michael Hogan, who started the week as president of the University of Connecticut, has now been named as 18th president of the University of Illinois.

      If approved by the Board of Trustees later this month, Hogan will be navigating some of the toughest economic times the UI has faced, with the state more than $380 million behind on payments to the school.

      Hogan, who was selected from a field of 208 candidates, will also be asked to continue to patch up damage from last year's scandal over political influence on admissions.

      That scandal led to the resignation of his predecessor, B. Joseph White.

      Former President Stanley Ikenberry, who stepped in as interim president, has been shielding university finances from the fallout of the state's $13 billion budget deficit.