Down goes another university president in Illinois, the fourth such casualty since 2015. […]
The latest casualty is Western Illinois University President Jack Thomas, who submitted a shotgun resignation June 30.
WIU has a lot of problems, and Thomas apparently had to make tough decisions that alienated various university constituencies. […]
Get this — he will be on leave from WIU for two years at his full annual pay of $270,528 plus benefits.
When he returns, he’ll teach two classes a year (one per semester) at a salary of far above faculty salaries — “either 75 percent of the fiscal year 2021 salary paid to his successor university president but not less than $300,000,” according to the contract he negotiated with trustees.
Further, he’ll be allowed to teach two classes a year at that generous salary for as long as he wishes as well as pursue outside employment at any salary he can negotiate.