University of Illinois President Dr. Robert “Bob” Easter called the Peoria campus crucial in the academic and research success that has made the University of Illinois the envy of its peers around the world.
Dr. Easter was the distinguished guest at a Oct. 17 luncheon with Peoria area community and corporate leaders and later during an Alumni event on the campus of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria.
"Today, I’m delighted to be here in Peoria, a jewel of the university and one of four campuses that comprise the largest public medical school in the U.S.," Easter told the crowd. "It extends the reach of our world-class programs into this important region, and fulfills our commitment to use the power of those programs to benefit the citizens across Illinois who support us through their tax dollars."
This was Dr. Easter’s first visit to Peoria since becoming President in July. The University of Illinois is a global leader in education and innovation with more than 77,000 students and an $813 million research portfolio.
Peoria is home to the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria (UICOMP), UIC College of Nursing, UIC Library of Health Sciences and the University of Illinois Springfield Peoria Center.
In fact, more than 40,000 University of Illinois alumni live within a 60-mile radius of Peoria.
Dr. Easter also is attending an alumni event on the UICOMP campus later in the afternoon of October 17.
Robert A. "Bob" Easter became the 19th president of the University of Illinois on July 1, 2012. Easter has spent his entire 36-year career as a senior administrator and faculty member on the Urbana-Champaign campus, where he earned his doctorate in animal science in 1976. He was interim chancellor from 2009-2011, serving as chief executive officer of the 42,000-student campus, and also has served as interim provost and interim vice chancellor for research.