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SIU Trustees To Vote Monday On Agreement For Pres. Dunn’s Resignation

Southern Illinois University trustees meeting in Edwardsville.

SIU trustees, meeting in Edwardsville in June. Jennifer Fuller/WSIU

Trustees for Southern Illinois University will meet in special session Monday in Edwardsville to vote on a separation agreement for System President Randy Dunn.

The agreement spells out that Dunn's employment as President ends July 30th - but that he will be on leave starting the day after the meeting, Tuesday, July 17th. He'll receive a six-month severance equaling $215,000, and will then be assigned as a visiting professor on the system's Edwardsville campus starting in the Spring of 2019.

Dunn has come under fire since emails and other documents revealed he worked with administrators from the SIU-Edwardsville campus on a reallocation proposal, at the expense of the SIU-Carbondale campus. He claims he did nothing wrong, and says the reallocation addresses funding equality as enrollment numbers grow in Edwardsville and fall in Carbondale.

Trustees will also vote on a proposal to hire former SIU School of Medicine Dean Kevin Dorsey as Interim President. Dorsey's term would be for one year, or until a permanent President can be hired. He'll be paid $430,000.

The special meeting comes after SIU Carbondale's faculty senate voted no confidence in Dunn, and after Trustees split 4-4 on a plan to place Dunn on administrative leave.

The special SIU board meeting is set for Monday, July 16 at 10 AM, at the Morris University Center on the Edwardsville campus.