Despite plummeting enrollment and layoffs, Western Ill. gives outgoing president generous exit

July 2, 2019 | Chicago Tribune

Even in the context of recent big exit packages for Illinois college leaders, the terms of Jack Thomas’ departure from Western Illinois University are generous.

After stepping down as president at the Macomb-based school on Sunday, he now will be on leave for two years while continuing to receive his $270,528 salary, plus benefits. Then he’ll be allowed to return as a professor, teaching two classes per year, for a salary well above that of any other faculty member at the school — though there appears to be some internal confusion about exactly what that salary will be.

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