By Jodi S. Cohen
7:25 PM CST, March 4, 2012
The University of Illinois’ board of trustees plans to hold a closed-door emergency meeting Monday morning following recent turmoil at the institution, including 130 of the school’s most high profile faculty calling for the president’s resignation.
The rare emergency meeting, to be held at the Chicago campus, is to discuss employment-related matters. It is not expected to lead to any action, U. of I. spokesman Thomas Hardy said.
“It’s an opportunity for the board to talk about recent events,” Hardy said. “It has to do with issues that have been reported in the paper lately … They wanted to get together and talk and haven’t had an opportunity to talk.”
State law requires public bodies to call meetings 48 hours in advance unless there is something so urgent that it can’t wait. Monday’s meeting was announced Sunday evening.
Last week, 130 of the Urbana-Champaign campus’ endowed professors and chairs wrote to the board saying they have “no confidence” in U. of I. president Michael Hogan.
Public criticism of Hogan began earlier this year when his chief of staff and top adviser resigned after being accused of posing as a faculty Senator in anonymous emails to influence faculty debate. She maintains that she did not write nor send the emails, and has criticized the university’s external investigation.
In their letter last week, the faculty members were critical of Hogan’s leadership style, including alleged bullying of the new Urbana-Champaign chancellor, who reports to Hogan.
Hogan has been president for less than two years, hired by the current board with a reform agenda in the wake of an admissions scandal. U. of I. board chairman Christopher Kennedy has supported Hogan throughout the recent events.
The next regularly-scheduled board meeting is March 15 at the Urbana-Champaign campus.