Second meeting of the Illinois Admissions Review Commission
I asked, 'Why in the world are we admitting this student who is so low?'”— Abel Montoya, former admissions worker at University of Illinois
Monday, June 29th, 2009
Commission Meeting: 1:30 P.M- 4:00 P.M.
James R. Thompson Center
100 W. Randolph St., 16-503
Chicago, IL 60601
I. CALL TO ORDER AND INTRODUCTORY REMARKS
II. ADOPTION OF LAST MEETING MINUTES
III. PUBLIC TESTIMONY
A. Abel Montoya, former Associate Director, Office of Undergraduate Admissions,
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)
B. Richard Schoell, Executive Director, Office of Governmental Relations, UIUC
C. Terrance McLennand, Assistant Director, State Relations, Office of
Governmental Relations, UIUC
V. SETTING FUTURE MEETING SCHEDULE AND WITNESSES
VI. CONCLUDING REMARKS AND ADJOURNMENT
The University of Illinois formalized its system for tracking clouted applicants after an unqualified student with ties to ex- Gov. Jim Thompson was rejected, angering a top administrator who reversed the decision, a former admissions worker testified Monday.
Abel Montoya said that when now-Chancellor Richard Herman found out the applicant had been denied, an admissions official "was told to call the family and tell them it was a mistake."