The University of Illinois announced the establishment of a permanent endowment fund that will create the Robert A. Easter Chair in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. During the ACES College Connection, Interim Chancellor Barbara Wilson shared that pledges totaling over $2 million have been raised and additional gifts are sought.
Future Deans of the College of ACES will hold the chair. It will serve not only as an enduring legacy to Easter’s service to the University and ACES, but also a lasting reminder of his leadership and commitment to advance Illinois agriculture.
Dr. Easter has devoted his career to service at the University of Illinois. He served as Head of the Department of Animal Sciences, Dean of the College of ACES, and Interim Provost and Chancellor, before assuming the responsibility of 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, Dr. Easter has exemplified integrity, professionalism, and humility, Chancellor Wilson noted.
The College of ACES appreciates all those who generously contributed to the fund. Continuing to grow this endowment is a priority of the College of ACES. 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.