- Associated Press - Friday, January 13, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois Board of Higher Education Director James Applegate has announced he will be stepping down from his post next month.

Applegate announced his resignation in IBHE’s bi-weekly report Friday. He says he will be leaving to “pursue other opportunities to serve American higher education.”

The 65-year-old began working with the state in February 2014. He made $200,000 per year in his position as executive director.

In the newsletter, Applegate noted achievements during his tenure, which he says include raising grant funds to support college readiness and access. He also said that under his watch, the board expanded efforts to help community college students transfer to four-year institutions and launched programs to improve workforce outcomes for college graduates.

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