University of Illinois president to step down month early

URBANA, Ill. (AP) — University of Illinois officials say President Robert Easter will step down about a month early. Board of Trustees Chairman Ed McMillan said during the trustees meeting Thursday that Easter would formally step down on May 17 after the last spring commencement. Easter originally said he would step down on June 30. The school in November hired Timothy Killeen as Easter’s replacement. Killeen will now take over May 18. He says he hopes to quickly launch a new strategic planning process for the university. Easter says he thinks the university is “at a transformational moment.”