U of Illinois to dismiss chancellor, rejects $400,000 bonus

In this Jan. 22, 2014 photo, University of Illinois Chancellor Phyllis Wise, right, talks with university President Timothy Killeen on the Champaign, Ill., campus. The university announced Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, that several administrators, including outgoing Chancellor Wise, violated school policy by using private emails to hide correspondence from public view. Those emails included discussions about controlling the damage from a controversy spurred by the revocation of a job offer to a professor who sent anti-Israel tweets.(AP Photo/The News-Gazette, John Dixon) MANDATORY CREDIT

URBANA, Ill. (AP) — University Of Illinois officials plan to dismiss Chancellor Phyllis Wise rather than accept her resignation and pay her an agreed $400,000 bonus.

But President Timothy Killeen says he intends to offer her a faculty position in which she would report directly to him.

Killeen and university trustees announced those moves at a meeting of a trustees committee Wednesday, nearly a week after Wise tendered her resignation.

The action followed calls by Gov. Bruce Rauner and others to rescind the bonus amid a number of scandals, including Wise’s use of private emails to avoid public scrutiny.

The university also faces lawsuits from former athletes alleging poor treatment by coaches and staff, and a lawsuit over the decision to rescind a professor’s job offer.

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