ILLINOIS’S LAND-GRANT: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Illinois’s 1862 Land-Grant Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign @Illinois_Alma

Founded in 1867 as the Illinois Industrial University. In 1885, its name was changed to the University of Illinois. In 1982, the university officially changed its name to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to distinguish its main campus within the University of Illinois system; other campuses exist in Springfield and Chicago (the site of the university’s medical center).

President: Timothy L. Kileen took office as the president of the University of Illinois system in 2015. While he personally had no prior affiliations with land-grant institutions, Killeen’s wife, Roberta M. Johnson, holds B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in geophysics and space physics from the University of California, Los Angeles, part of California’s land-grant higher education system.


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