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Lisa Troyer Resigns from University of Illinois

The woman who served as the chief of staff to former University of Illinois President Michael Hogan has agreed to leave the university.

According to an email sent out by the university, Lisa Troyer has resigned her tenured faculty appointment in the Department of Psychology on the Urbana campus of the University effective Aug. 15, 2012.

The U of I has announced Troyer will get $175-thousand as part of a separation agreement.

In January, Troyer stepped down from the chief of staff post amid an investigation into anonymous e-mails traced to her computer. They were sent to faculty, intended to sway opposition to an enrollment management plan backed by Hogan.

Troyer issued a statement through an attorney: "I have always stated that I did not send any anonymous e-mails, and the Investigation Report never concluded that I did."

U of I Senates Conference Vice Chair Nick Burbules says it's best for all involved to move on.

This is, I think, a very reasonable level of compensation," he said. "It was negotiated, of course, as these things are. But for me it isn't about the money. It's about closing the books on this controversy, and moving forward for all parties concerned. And I think it's the best outcome."

University spokesman Tom Hardy said it will not initiate any disciplinary process against Troyer, saying that the resolution was the result of a mediation conference agreed upon by both sides. Troyer earned $109-thousand as a faculty member.

In March, Hogan resigned over faculty and student criticism of his management style.

Robert Easter took over as U of I president Monday. Burbules says he's very optimistic about his tenure.

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