U of I System President Tim Killeen tests positive for COVID-19
April 26, 2022 10:16 AM

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April 26, 2022

U of I System President Tim Killeen tests positive for COVID-19
President isolating at home, working while he recuperates

URBANA, Ill. – University of Illinois System President Tim Killeen tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19 on Saturday and, following guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is isolating at home in the President’s House at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

“My infection is an unfortunate reminder that the virus remains with us and that all of us must continue to take it seriously, remain vigilant and take reasonable precautions to prevent its spread,” Killeen said. “I am thankful to be fully vaccinated and doubly-boosted, and, thus far, my symptoms have been relatively mild.”

President Killeen is working at home while he rests and recuperates. His wife, Dr. Roberta Johnson Killeen, who is taking care of him, has so far tested negative for the virus.


The University of Illinois System is a world leader in research and discovery, and the largest educational institution in the state with more than 94,000 students, about 26,000 full-time equivalent faculty and staff, and universities in Urbana-Champaign, Chicago and Springfield. The U of I System awards more than 24,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees annually. 

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