Sigma Frater Named First African-American Chancellor of the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana
University of Illinois President Timothy Killeen has chosen a former colleague from New York as the next chancellor of the state’s flagship public university in Urbana-Champaign.
Robert Jones, president of the University at Albany, part of the State University of New York system, will start Oct. 3 pending approval by the board of trustees at its meeting this week.
Jones, 65, would be the campus’s first African-American chancellor. He would be paid $649,000 a year, according to a U. of I. spokesman. Killeen’s base salary is $600,000, but he is eligible for a $100,000 performance-based bonus this year.
Raised in Georgia as part of a sharecropping family, Jones studied food production and crop science and became a scholar in plant physiology. He began his academic career as a faculty member at the University of Minnesota before going on to work in leadership positions at two public research universities.