University of Illinois President B. Joseph White resigns

Gov. Pat Quinn says he expects University of Illinois President B. Joseph White to submit his resignation to trustees today.

"He's let me know that something is imminent and I think that'll happen today," Quinn said when asked if White was planning to resign. "I think it'll probably happen, and I think it's time to move forward, our university to continue to move on."

Quinn and U. of I. board chairman Chris Kennedy said they did not request White's resignation.

"This is totally voluntary," Quinn said.

Embattled University of Illinois President B. Joseph White is expected to resign today.

Governor Pat Quinn says White's resignation will "probably happen" but calls it "totally voluntary." The Board of Trustees will appoint an interim president while a nationwide search for a permanent one begins.

White, along with school Chancellor Richard Herman, had been asked by both faculty and student leaders to resign in light of an admissions scandal.

Last week, Trustees announced they would review the top school officials' performance records for the next two months.

They were expected to bring a full report back November 12th.

In a letter to the board today, White said he will resign effective Dec. 31. He plans to remain involved with the university through fund-raising and teaching, according to Chicago Breaking News.

White submitted his letter of resignation to recently nominated Board of Trustees Chair Christopher G. Kennedy, who accepted it for consideration by the full board.

White, 62, has served as president of the university since January 2005. Gov. Quinn will name an interim president after White's resignation.