Gov. Pat Quinn named four new University of Illinois trustees Friday to clean up the mess left from an admissions scandal that rocked the school this summer, completing a major overhaul of the beleaguered board.
The newly appointed officials, who will be installed Thursday, now face the daunting task of restoring public confidence and setting a new moral tone for the U. of I. system. More immediately, they must elect a chairman and decide whether to keep the top-ranking administrators who allowed powerful people to hold sway over admissions decisions.
"They are committed, as I am, to making sure the reputation of the university is second to none," Quinn said. "They are going to work hard ... to make sure that we have the university admissions process done correctly."
The new board of trustees members are: Karen Hasara, former Springfield mayor; Timothy Koritz, an anesthesiologist at Rockford Memorial Hospital; Pamela Strobel, a retired Exelon executive from Winnetka; and Carlos Tortolero, the president of the National Museum of Mexican Art in Pilsen.
They join Christopher Kennedy and Lawrence Oliver II, who were appointed to the panel last week, and two others who were retained after they refused to offer their resignations.
Quinn opted not to fire sitting Trustees James Montgomery and Frances Carroll last week after they ignored his repeated requests for their resignations. The governor said he did not want to expose the state to a protracted legal battle the two had vowed to pursue.