Chris Kennedy Picked to Head U of I Board

... And a Kennedy Shall Lead Them

By Andrew Greiner
|  Thursday, Sep 10, 2009  |  Updated 11:36 AM CDT
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Chris Kennedy Picked to Head U of I Board

Merchandise Mart

Chris Kennedy will head the University of Illinois board of trustees.

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During their first meeting since a clout scandal led to a complete reshuffling, University of Illinois trustees have elected Merchandise Mart CEO Christopher Kennedy to be their new chairman.

Kennedy was rumored to be a sleeper candidate for numerous political offices in Illinois, including governor and U.S. Senator, before he declined to run.

Now he'll head a revamped board of trustees at U of I.

Kennedy is one of six new members of the university's governing board appointed the past few weeks by Gov. Pat Quinn. Quinn made the appointments following a series of trustee resignations over the university's admissions scandal.

Kennedy was selected over Edward McMillan, a southern Illinois businessman. McMillan was among those who resigned from the board but was reappointed by Quinn.

Kennedy is a son of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy.

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