Illinois State University President Timothy Flanagan started in August 2013, resigned in March 2014 and departed with a $480,418 golden parachute. 

Upon Flanagan’s being hired, Michael McCuskey, chairman of the board of trustees said, “We are fortunate to have attracted a president with a legacy of leadership and scholarship in higher education, as well as an appreciation for the mission, vision and values that guide Illinois State.”

The other board of trustees members, appointed by the Governor, are Jay D. Bergman, Bob Churney, Anne Davis, Rocky Donahue and Betty Kinser. Aaron Von Qualen also serves on the board as a student trustee. It is the board’s responsibility to assure that tax and tuition dollars are being used wisely.

How could ISU’s board of trustees approve a contract that allows its president to resign after seven months and still be eligible for $480,418 of taxpayer dollars?

Howard Snyder, Wheaton