U of I Paying Bill for Dustup Over President

April 20, 2012

The conflict at the University of Illinois that eventually led to the resignation of Michael Hogan from the presidency had a monetary cost that could reach $250,000.

The crisis at the university began in December when unsigned emails were sent to members of the U of I's Faculty Senate about a report that was critical of some of the president's proposals. The emails were traced to a computer used by Hogan's chief of staff, Lisa Troyer, who resigned.

The Chicago Tribune reports (http://trib.in/I6cI8h) that after faculty members began publicly criticizing Hogan's leadership style, the university began incurring legal and consulting costs, including those resulting from two meetings Hogan had in March with an executive coach.

University spokesman Thomas Hardy says it's "not unreasonable to expect organizations to need extra help during such times.

Story source: AP