- Associated Press - Friday, August 14, 2015

URBANA, Ill. (AP) - University Of Illinois trustees have begun the process of firing Chancellor Phyllis Wise after rejecting her initial resignation and rescinding a $400,000 negotiated bonus. The decision followed a series of controversies at the school, including the disclosure last week that she used private emails to hide university business from public scrutiny.

The university has come under heavy criticism for the lucrative severance deals it has offered administrators who were pressured to leave, and most have wound up with high-paying faculty jobs after they exit the administration. Here is a look at the most recent cases:



TITLE and PAY: Chancellor, Urbana-Champaign campus, $549,069

EXIT: First offered resignation ahead of disclosure she used private email to avoid public scrutiny. Trustees rejected the offer and rescinded a negotiated bonus, leading Wise to tender her resignation a second time. What happens next isn’t yet known.

NEXT JOB? Had originally negotiated a year off with pay, then a faculty job at a salary of close to $300,000. Was assigned to advisory role reporting only to President Timothy Killeen, which she declined with her second resignation.

BONUS: University had considered paying out a $400,000 prorated portion of a $500,000 retention bonus due after five years on the job.



TITLE and PAY: University president, $651,000

EXIT: Resigned in 2012 after less than two years on the job, most of it spent in conflict with faculty who saw him as dictatorial and dismissive.

NEXT JOB: A year off with pay was followed by a faculty job at the University of Illinois-Springfield, where he remains. He’s paid $306,269 a year and taught two history classes in the fall of 2014, none in the spring.

BONUS: $37,500, a small portion of the retention bonus in his contract.



TITLE and PAY: Chancellor, University of Illinois-Chicago, $437,244

EXIT: University trustees in 2013 decided not to retain her past the end of her contract in January 2015. Faculty voted no-confidence in her in 2014 amid labor disputes.

NEXT JOB: After a year off with pay, she will join the faculty as a professor of social work and be paid $380,000 a year.

BONUS: Trustees agreed to a $98,440 performance bonus as she exited.



TITLE and PAY: University president, $450,000

EXIT: Resigned in 2009 during scandal over the admission of politically connected applicants to the Urbana-Champaign campus.

NEXT JOB: White remains a member of the business faculty. He is paid $295,180 a year and taught two lecture classes last fall and one this summer. Also does other work, such as serving on a recent task force on a planned new medical school.

BONUS: White passed up a $475,000 retention bonus.



TITLE and PAY: Chancellor, Urbana-Champaign campus, $400,000

EXIT: Like White, resigned in 2009 during the scandal over the admission of politically connected applicants.

NEXT JOB: Faculty member until his retirement this month, most recent salary was $200,000 a year. Taught two online education classes last fall and two independent-study classes this spring.

BONUS: Skipped a $300,000 retention bonus as he resigned.

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