CHICAGO — The Latest on the deal given Chicago State University in a separation agreement. (all times local):
Democratic State Sen. Donne Trotter says the departure Chicago State University President Thomas Calhoun Jr. indicates he didn’t work with members of the board of trustees.
Trustees at the financially troubled university voted Friday to approve a separation agreement that includes a $600,000 payment for Calhoun Jr. after he spent just nine months on the job.
Trotter, whose district includes Chicago State, said he’s been told Calhoun aligned himself with those fighting the administration. He also said the university “is still at war,” and Calhoun was “not a wartime leader.”
Trustees in February created a four-person management committee — including Calhoun — that oversaw hiring, layoffs and other personnel decisions.
Associate history professor Bob Bionaz said the arrangement didn’t allow Calhoun to make decisions a chief executive of a college should be able to make.
The separation agreement reached between Chicago State University president Thomas Calhoun Jr. and the school’s trustees isn’t sitting well with some faculty members.
Associate history professor Bob Bionaz says the $600,000 payment Calhoun will receive after nine months on the job means the university will be paying two presidents over the next two years.
The board appointed Cecil Lucy, campus vice president for administration and finance, as interim president
Bionaz said he guesses the university can afford the payment to Calhoun, adding he didn’t think Illinois taxpayers will be happy about that.
Trustees of the financially troubled school voted 6-1 Friday to accept Calhoun’s resignation. The reason for his leaving was not given by either the board or Calhoun.
Information from: Chicago Tribune, http://www.chicagotribune.com