People in high positions who make messes have an obligation to clean them up.
Lisa Troyer, the disgraced former chief of staff to University of Illinois President Michael Hogan, should reject the faculty position offered to her and find employment outside the UI.
Troyer has done her former boss inestimable damage, and her continued presence at the UI, in some faux faculty or administrative post, will serve only as an ugly reminder of her role as the author of anonymous emails intended to manipulate and mislead a university committee studying admissions issues.
Troyer resigned her $200,000-a-year chief of staff position earlier this month when she was linked to the anonymous emails. A costly, but highly persuasive, report prepared by outside investigators established beyond any doubt that the emails in question were sent from Troyer's computer by Troyer. Her continued denials of authorship in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary have shredded any credibility she might have retained as a member of the UI community.
Troyer was granted tenured status when she joined the UI as Hogan's consigliere. She had worked for him previously at the universities of Iowa and Connecticut, moving with Hogan to the UI when he accepted the presidency here.
Now, in a perverse reward for her misconduct, she has been offered a six-figure full-time position in the UI's pyschology department.
But never having had any connection to the UI prior to Hogan's arrival, why should Troyer want to remain under the sorry circumstances present here? It would be best for all concerned if Troyer rejected the proposal, simply wrote off her UI experience as a lamentable exercise in self-destruction and moved elsewhere.
That would clean the slate. She would no longer be a millstone around Hogan's neck or a target of derision by UI employees. She's obviously a highly capable individual, and there's no reason for her to remain at an institution where she no longer has a place.