November 2004 -- B. Joseph White is chosen as the University of
Illinois' 15th leader, after President James Stukel retires.
January 2005 -- White becomes president.
February 2007 -- After years of NCAA pressure, the university
shelves its Chief Illiniwek mascot, a move White backs.
June 2007 -- White ramps up a campaign to raise $2.25 billion by
2011 for the university's endowment and other needs.
January 2008 -- The university launches its Global Campus virtual
university with a bachelor's degree-completion program for
registered nurses and graduate programs in education.
April 2008 -- The university says only 10 students have enrolled
at Global Campus.
November 2008 -- University trustees agree to let Global Campus
seek independent accreditation, a move pushed by White as an answer
to disappointing enrollment. Trustees also give White a contract
May 21, 2009 -- With enrollment still low, university trustees
decide to essentially scrap Global Campus and restart the online
venture, giving faculty a major say in how it will be run.
May 28 -- The Chicago Tribune reports that the university gives
special consideration to politically connected applicants trying to
gain admission to the Urbana-Champaign campus. White says any
problems will be fixed.
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June 10 -- Gov. Pat Quinn appoints a special commission to examine
admissions at the university. White pledges to cooperate.
June 27 -- White testifies before the commission, telling it that
he walked into a culture of political influence and cronyism when he
came to the university.
Aug. 6 -- Quinn's commission recommends that trustees decide
whether White and Chancellor Richard Herman keep their jobs.
Sept. 14 -- The university's Faculty Senate approved a resolution
calling for White and Herman to be replaced.
Sept. 23 -- White resigns.
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