Administration

University leaders who resign under pressure often step right into highly paid faculty posts

  • In this Monday, Sept. 22, 2014 photo, University of Illinois Chancellor Phyllis Wise speaks at the campus’ Faculty Senate meeting  in Urbana, Ill. The recent resignation of the top administrator at the U of I's flagship campus is following a familiar script: Step down under pressure, take a year off with pay, then return as one of the highest-paid members of the faculty. (AP Photo/The News-Gazette, Robin Scholz) MANDATORY CREDIT

    In this Monday, Sept. 22, 2014 photo, University of Illinois Chancellor Phyllis Wise speaks at the campus’ Faculty Senate meeting in Urbana, Ill. The recent resignation of the top administrator at the U of I's flagship campus is following a familiar script: Step down under pressure, take a year off with pay, then return as one of the highest-paid members of the faculty. (AP Photo/The News-Gazette, Robin Scholz) MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Sept. 10, 2009, file photo former University of Illinois President B. Joseph White speaks in Champaign, Ill. The recent resignation of the top administrator at the U of I's flagship campus is following a familiar script: Step down under pressure, take a year off with pay, then return as one of the highest-paid members of the faculty. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

    FILE - In this Sept. 10, 2009, file photo former University of Illinois President B. Joseph White speaks in Champaign, Ill. The recent resignation of the top administrator at the U of I's flagship campus is following a familiar script: Step down under pressure, take a year off with pay, then return as one of the highest-paid members of the faculty. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this July 6, 2009 file photo, former University of Illinois Chancellor Richard Herman is seen in Chicago during a meeting of independent commission investigating clout-driven admissions at the university before his resignation.The recent resignation of the top administrator at the U of I's flagship campus is following a familiar script: Step down under pressure, take a year off with pay, then return as one of the highest-paid members of the faculty.(AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

    FILE - In this July 6, 2009 file photo, former University of Illinois Chancellor Richard Herman is seen in Chicago during a meeting of independent commission investigating clout-driven admissions at the university before his resignation.The recent resignation of the top administrator at the U of I's flagship campus is following a familiar script: Step down under pressure, take a year off with pay, then return as one of the highest-paid members of the faculty.(AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)  (The Associated Press)

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.