The University of Illinois recently announced the establishment of a permanent endowment fund that will create the Robert A. Easter Chair in the College of Agricultural, Consumer & Environmental Sciences (ACES).
During the ACES College Connection, interim chancellor Barbara Wilson reported that pledges totaling more than $2 million have been raised and additional gifts are sought.
According to the announcement, future deans of ACES will hold the chair. It will serve not only as an enduring legacy to Easter’s service to the University of Illinois and ACES, but also a lasting reminder of his leadership and commitment to advance Illinois agriculture.
Easter has devoted his career to service at the University of Illinois. He served as head of the department of animal sciences, dean of ACES and interim provost and chancellor, before assuming the responsibility of university president in 2012.
In his roles mentoring graduate students, interacting with industry and stakeholder groups, conducting groundbreaking research in swine production and nutrition and accepting the challenges of administrative positions, Easter has exemplified integrity, professionalism and humility, Wilson noted.
To learn more about supporting the Robert A. Easter endowed fund, please contact the College of ACES Office of Advancement or call (217) 333-9355.