SPRINGFIELD — The chair of the University of Illinois at Springfield faculty senate resigned from her leadership position earlier today after her colleagues approved a vote of no confidence in her leadership.
Tih-Fen Ting, a professor in environmental studies on the Springfield campus, also resigned from the University Senates Conference, the committee made up of faculty leaders from the UI's three campuses.
"Given the circumstances, she has done the correct thing," said Don Chambers, chair of the University Senates Conference and professor from University of Illinois at Chicago.
Earlier this month, an investigation found Tih-Fen Ting, a Professor in environmental studies, sent dozens of anonymous emails to Lisa Troyer, UI President Michael Hogan's former chief of staff. Those emails, from a gmail.com account, contained various communications and forwarded emails from members of the University Senates Conference. Troyer later resigned amid the investigation into anonymous emails sent from her computer, from a yahoo.com account, to the senates conference.
The UIS Campus Senate resolution said the body has no confidence in her leadership and "condemns her unethical and unprofessional conduct both prior to and during the anonymous email investigation."
It also said Ting's actions violated shared governance principles and diminished the standing of the campus senate and the influence of the campus with the University Senates Conference.