Christopher Kennedy will serve a sixth year as chairman of the University of Illinois board of trustees.
Kennedy's fellow trustees re-elected him Thursday during a meeting in Chicago.
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The 50-year-old Kennedy said after the vote that he feels lucky to help lead the university.
Gov. Pat Quinn appointed Kennedy to the board in 2009 after the school's admissions scandal. Trustees said they believe Kennedy has helped the board rebuild confidence in the integrity of the university.
Kennedy is the son of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and chairman of the family's investment firm, Joseph P. Kennedy Enterprises Inc.
The board of trustees oversees the university system. That includes campuses in Urbana-Champaign, Chicago and Springfield and more than 78,000 students.