New U of I chancellor familiar with funding woes

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URBANA, Ill. (AP) -- The woman who will soon lead the University of Illinois' flagship campus says she's familiar with funding crises like that the university has endured in recent years.

Phyllis Wise said on campus Tuesday her time as provost and interim president at the University of Washington included deep cuts in state funding.

Wise will become chancellor at the Urbana-Champaign campus on Oct. 1 as the state's government wrestles with a multibillion-dollar budget deficit much like the one in Washington.

The 66-year-old Wise said part of her challenge will be to help maintain a university she said she's deeply honored to lead.

Wise takes over for interim Chancellor Robert Easter, who took the job after the 2009 resignation of Richard Herman during a scandal over the admission of politically connected students.