Caption: Board of Trustees Minutes - 1992
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UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS
cedures followed were sound and that they did work to seek out minority group persons. Other trustees spoke of the review of search procedures carried out by the Board of Trustees in 1991 and directed the secretary to make available to Ms. Lopez a copy of this report.
SPECIAL EXECUTIVE SESSION
President Ikenberry excused all of the general officers present, except for Dr. Bazzani and Dr. Thompson. He then indicated that he would spend the next hour discussing the announcement of his resignation, the news of which he had conveyed to the members of the board on June 7, 1994. At this point, Mrs. Ikenberry joined the meeting. Dr. Ikenberry proceeded to describe for the board the reasons that led up to his decision to resign. He said the University was very healthy now and that he thought he could make a change in his own career without leaving burdens for others. He assured the board that all his thinking was positive in regard to this change. He added that he thought change in leadership is good for all institutions at times and that this time seemed appropriate for the University of Illinois. Mr. Boyle then stated that "all good things come to an end" and that though he regretted the president's leave-taking he respected the fact that President and Mrs. Ikenberry had to make their life decisions in the best way they saw fit and he respected that. He then told his colleagues that the process of selecting a successor to President Ikenberry would be the board's most difficult task and most important. He also said he was grateful that President Ikenberry would be with the board through the next year and available to assist them as questions arose in this difficult process. He then admonished the board members to consider thoughtfully the needs of the University and to structure their search with these in mind. Mrs. Gravenhorst thanked President and Mrs. Ikenberry for picking this time to make their personal decision to leave, for things are in good shape now, unlike some other times when things were not going so well. Ms. Huff expressed her pleasure in being able to work with President Ikenberry. Ms. Lopez said she felt fortunate in knowing President Ikenberry, although for less time than the other trustees. President Ikenberry then said he would keep his eye on August 1995 but would work hard for the next year on all issues before the University. Mrs. Ikenberry told the board that it had been 15 years since she and Dr. Ikenberry had come to meet the board for an interview and that that occasion and this were very happy ones and created memories she would cherish. President Ikenberry then turned to the management of the search process and reminded the board that it would be the largest task of the