ISU Board of Trustees announces the resignation of ISU president at special meeting

By WEEK Reporter

March 22, 2014 Updated Mar 22, 2014 at 10:14 PM CDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- Illinois State University Board of Trustees held a special meeting today to announce the fate of ISU President Timothy Flanagan.

Bloomington resident and Illinois State University alumnus Tom Delforge went to at the ISU Board of Trustees meeting Saturday morning because he was concerned.

"This controversy reached me when I was on vacation in Florida," said Delforge.

However, within attending the first five minutes of the ISU Board of Trustees meeting, Chairman of the board, Michael McCuskey briefly opened the public session and then quickly announced that the board would enter executive session.

"This has become a formality instead of getting public input," said Delforge. "I thought there would be some kind of public discussion. It seems as if they have already made a decision and will have a press conference at the end."

So dozens of community members holding in their concerns over ISU leadership.

"ISU seems to be leaderless," said Delforge. "I hope the university takes a look at the process, the search firms that they use."

After a two hour private executive session and lunch, the board reconvened for public session.

"Illinois President, Timothy Flanagan has resigned effective immediately," announced Chairman McCuskey on behalf of the board.

"To this extent this whole controversy is a shock. He's only been here for 8 or 9 months," said Delforge.

Flanagan is leaving with a one-time lump sum compensation of $480,418.

Next came the resolution to appoint Vice President of Student Affairs Larry Dietz as the new president. The resolution passed unanimously.

"Absolutely yes," said McCuskey among others. "There is no need to perform a long and expensive search process which was conducted just a short while ago."

Larry Dietz is not an unfamiliar face. Dietz has been serving as ISU Vice President for Student Affairs. Prior to that he was a tenured associate professor. Dietz was a finalist in last year's search for ISU president.