Tuesday, October 20, 2009

U of Illinois Chancellor Resigns Today

Early in the summer we blogged about the scandal at the University of Illinois - the preferential admissions treatment given applicants with political connections.  The law school was involved, and the preferential treatment also applied to undergraduate admissions and admissions to various graduate programs.  The Chancellor of the University of Illinois, Richard Herman, stepped down today.  The article reporting his decision to resign describes him as the "principal enforcer" of the priority admissions process, in particular an undergraduate admissions program he started as provost.  The University President and six university trustees had already stepped down or been removed in the aftermath of the scandal. 

Herman will continue at the university as a special assistant to the interim president and then as a member of the mathematics faculty, with a reduced teaching load (two courses a year rather than the four courses required under his original contract).  His faculty salary will be $244,444, less than his salary as Chancellor, but a lot more than many math professors around the country.


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