Michael Hogan is the second consecutive University of Illinois president to resign from the office. He was named president in May 2010, replacing B. Joseph White, who stepped down in September 2009 during the Category I admissions scandal. Hogan, who had been president at the University of Connecticut, will have held the job for two years when he steps down.
Hogan's efforts to institute an enrollment management system for the Chicago, Springfield and Urbana campuses brought protests from faculty, including many at the flagship Urbana campus. The concerns centered on centralization and a loss of campus autonomy. The furor intensified when it was revealed that anonymous emails discouraging faculty consensus on the changes came from the computer of Lisa Troyer, Hogan's chief of staff, who had followed him to his Connecticut job and then to the UI position. (Troyer denied sending the emails, but resigned and was offered a faculty position in the Department of Psychology. She also contends she is owed her chief-of-staff salary, which is higher than the faculty salary she was offered of $109,000 a year, even after her resignation because, she said, she had continued to work for Hogan in January.) Further criticism followed the release of emails (requested via Freedom of Information Act by The News-Gazette) in which Hogan's statements to new Chancellor Phyllis Wise were perceived as bullying. Also, recent News-Gazette disclosures that Hogan and Troyer envisioned centralizing enrollment management before hiring external reviewers, and that Troyer edited the enrollment management report before it was shared with faculty added to the growing criticism of Hogan. Beginning in February, prominent faculty began circulating letters critical of his performance, eventually sending the UI trustees a letter urging them to fire Hogan as quickly as possible. Trustees held an emergency meeting in early March, telling Hogan to mend fences with the faculty. Board Chairman Christopher Kennedy said at the time the board "needed our people to change, or we needed change in our people." Hogan's recent efforts to improve shared governance and solve what he called "a communication problem" were met with additional calls for his resignation.
Hogan's contract (available here as a 7-page pdf file) with the UI began on July 1, 2010. It called for an annual salary of $620,000. The contract includes a tenured faculty appointment as a professor of history. It says that if he leaves the presidency and returns to the faculty, his salary will be the average of the 10 highest salaries of UI faculty excluding the colleges of medicine and dentistry. He is to have a teaching load "appropriate to a full professor actively engaged in research," office space, $10,000 per year research funding, a graduate assistant and secretarial support.
The UI board of trustees' executive committee will meet in Chicago today and will vote on Hogan's resignation. The committee also will vote on the designation of Robert Easter to be the next president of the university, effective July 1. The full board will vote on those items at its meeting in May.