U of I sidesteps battle, accepts second resignation of Chancellor Wise

University will halt dismissal proceedings

The University of Illinois (U of I) board announced Friday that it reached an agreement with Chancellor Phyllis Wise about the terms of her return to the faculty.

The board also halted moves to fire Wise.

The agreement resolves what had potential to become an ugly confrontation, according to Brock Read of the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Wise submitted her first resignation earlier this month, one day before the university released sensitive emails from Wise and other administrators dealing, in part, with the Salaita controversy.

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The day that Wise's resignation was supposed to take effect, the board rejected it and began taking action to fire her instead.

Under the new agreement, Wise will first serve a one-year sabbatical, beginning immediately. Then, she will join the School of Molecular and Cellular Biology as a tenured faculty member with a salary of about $300,000—about the same as the highest salary in the department.

According to the Chicago Tribune, U of I will not pay Wise the $400,000 bonus that appeared in her original resignation.

Barbara Wilson, U of I's dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has been named as interim chancellor (Cohen, Chicago Tribune, 8/14; Read, "The Ticker," Chronicle of Higher Education, 8/14).

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