After Scandal, U of I's Former Chancellor Isn't Teaching But Still Makes $212,000

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Richard Herman doesn't have to do much teaching as part of his $212,000 faculty job at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

When he resigned as chancellor after a high-profile admissions scandal, he made a deal to teach just two classes a year in the College of Education, where a professor typically teaches four.

But Herman's class this semester was canceled for low enrollment — the second time that has happened since 2011. His biography on the College of Education's faculty website is blank. Herman, who lives in Chicago, said through a university spokesman that he goes to campus about once a week.

While Herman still plans to meet the teaching requirement in his contract this year, the situation raises the question of whether the cash-strapped university is getting its money's worth. Herman is one of several top U. of I. officials who resigned under pressure in recent years and subsequently moved into high-paying faculty positions.

"I don't think you should expect him to teach a freshman calculus section with a ton of students, but on the other hand, you don't want to give him an easy out when he is supposed to live up to the agreement," said U. of I. emeritus aerospace engineering professor John Prussing, who has served in various faculty leadership positions.

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