Troyer resigns; UI to pay $175,000 in severance deal
The University of Illinois will pay former chief of staff Lisa Troyer $175,000 as part of a severance agreement that the university recently reached with her.
The university has not initiated, and will not initiate, any disciplinary process, according to UI spokesman Tom Hardy.
"Professor Troyer has resigned her tenured faculty appointment in the Department of Psychology on the Urbana campus of the university effective August 15, 2012," according to a university statement released this afternoon.
The agreement was the result of a mediation conference agreed upon by both sides, according to the university.
The announcement comes on the second day Robert Easter has been in the UI president's office. He took over presidential duties from Michael Hogan on July 1.
Troyer resigned as Hogan's chief of staff in January amid an investigation into anonymous emails reportedly tracked to her computer. The anonymous emails sent to faculty leaders were about the contentious enrollment management recommendations being debated at the time among faculty and administrators. Troyer has denied sending the emails. The report did not come to any conclusions about whether Troyer violated any university policies or rules.
In a statement released by her lawyers, Troyer said, "I have always stated that I never sent any anonymous emails, and the investigation report never concluded that I did."
Troyer did not immediately return a phone call from The News-Gazette.
After Hogan joined the UI as president in 2010, he hired Troyer, a colleague from the University of Connecticut, as his chief of staff. Troyer, a sociologist by training, earned $200,850. After her resignation as chief of staff, Troyer joined the faculty in the Department of Psychology on the Urbana campus; the tenured position had been established for her there when she joined the university.
She was scheduled to teach a psychology course this fall.