People Watch: Despite plummeting enrollment and layoffs, Western Illinois gives outgoing leader big exit package

By: | July 2, 2019
Outgoing Western Illinois U President Jack Thomas will be on leave for two years while continuing to receive his salary, plus benefits.Outgoing Western Illinois U President Jack Thomas will be on leave for two years while continuing to receive his salary, plus benefits.

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 of the Macomb-based school, he will be on leave for two years while continuing to receive his $270,528 salary, plus benefits. Read more.

In other people news:

Brian McGee began his work as the 24th president of Quincy University in Illinois on July 1. He comes from the College of Charleston in South Carolina, where he served for several years as provost and executive vice president. Read more.

Muhlenberg College President John I. Williams Jr., who has led the Allentown, Pennsylvania, college for four years, resigned. Provost Kathleen Harring is replacing him as interim president. Read more.