Two former University of Illinois presidents called for a dramatic change in the university board of trustees, including removing some of its members and changing the way trustees are chosen.
In the last decade, the board has become more political, more involved in management of the university and has come to view the university more like a state agency instead of an institution of higher education, said former UI presidents James Stukel and Stan Ikenberry, testifying Monday before the Illinois Admissions Review Commission.
The commission, created by Gov. Pat Quinn, is charged with investigating claims that trustees, politicians and donors exerted pressure on admissions cases. Monday was the first time the commission, which has interviewed several university trustees and administrators since June, met on campus.