University of Illinois officials say they plan to announce the next president for the state's flagship institution by December. But the process is only just getting started.
President Bob Easter will retire next year.
The search committee in charge of recommending a replacement to the U of I's board of trustees must sift through around 120 candidates. Some candidates are nominees, and others are those who are qualified to fill the position but already hold a significant post elsewhere.
University of Illinois trustees are expected to vote Thursday on adding coverage for sex-change operations to the health insurance plan used by many students at the flagship campus.
Many of the Urbana-Champaign campus' more than 40,000 students use the insurance and would see costs rise by 15 percent in the proposal is approved. Undergraduates would pay $291 a semester starting next fall. That's an increase of $37.
But university officials say most of that increase is due to the federal Affordable Care Act rather than adding sex-change coverage.