Over at Chicago State University, the board of trustees handed Thomas Calhoun Jr. $600,000 in severance pay as they showed him the door after just nine months at the university’s helm.

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6 Responses to “Nice work if you can get it.”

  1. Contingent Cassandra Says:

    Let’s not ask what an adjunct teaching the maximum load at the maximum salary could make during the same period, because that would be. . .I dunno. Inappropriate? Infuriating? Irrelevant?

    Job insecurity is presumably easier to handle when one has $600,000 (even minus taxes) in the bank. I’m sure he can become a consultant if nothing else.

  2. Margaret Soltan Says:

    Contingent Cassandra: Chicago State is a humongous scandal in all respects, and if the city had any guts it would be folded into a functioning university.

  3. JackOH Says:

    One support administrator at our Podunk Tech recently received a 27% raise. No explanation given in the trustees’ meeting minutes. Staffers have had wages frozen for eight years. Faculty described their last contract as concessionary.

  4. JND Says:

    I would have run the place further into the ground for only half a million dollars. They got ripped off by this dude.

  5. Margaret Soltan Says:

    JND: The beauty of it is that it had been run into the ground before he got there. He didn’t have to do anything.

  6. wayward Says:

    The idea of folding it into University of Illinois at Chicago may have been floated, but I’m not sure how UI would feel about that.

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