UI senate unanimous in criticism of Hogan
URBANA — Ramping up criticism of University of Illinois President Michael Hogan, the campus senate Monday unanimously passed a resolution citing a "failure of leadership" in the events surrounding anonymous emails linked to his former chief of staff.
The resolution says the emails were not an isolated event, but just one piece of "a broad pattern of surveillance and intrusion into legitimate faculty governance deliberations."
"As elected faculty, staff, and student leaders, we believe that there must be accountability for this broader failure of leadership," it says, citing other efforts by Hogan and board of trustees Chairman Chris Kennedy to push the enrollment management plan.
The campus governance group also endorsed a letter delivered to the UI Board of Trustees by University Senates Conference chair Don Chambers in which he said that leaders must accept responsibility for what happens on their watch even if they may not have personally directed or approved it.
Also on Monday, Urbana Professor Joyce Tolliver delivered a statement harshly critical of Hogan, saying he pressured faculty, made misleading statements and sought a tenured position for Lisa Troyer, the former chief of staff. Her remarks were greeted by sustained applause.
Earlier this month an ethics investigation concluded that Troyer had posed as a faculty senator in anonymous emails to try to influence a faculty senate report critical of Hogan's enrollment management plan. Troyer, resigned her position but denied authoring the Dec. 12 emails, which investigators traced to her laptop computer.
Senate chair Matt Wheeler told the group Monday that Troyer contacted him regarding the resolution and reiterated, "I neither wrote nor sent the anonymous emails and I will continue to assert this."