CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – The resignation of the top administrator at the University of Illinois' flagship campus is following a familiar script: Step down under pressure, take a year off with pay, return as a highly paid faculty member.
Chancellor Phyllis Wise resigned last week over the use of private emails to discuss university business. She's at least the sixth top administrator to resign from the university under difficult circumstances since 2009.
Their contracts often guarantee a return to faculty at salaries of $200,000 or more. University President Timothy Killeen said Wednesday the school plans to study the provisions of future contracts.
Many public universities in other states off similar deals to top leaders.
But University of Illinois-Chicago professor Lennard Davis says such deals don't make sense considering the university likely faces budget cuts.