State Higher Education Official Getting About $65,000 to Leave

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The former executive director of the Illinois Board of Higher Education, who abruptly resigned last week after 22 months on the job, is to be paid about $65,000 as part of his separation agreement.

George W. Reid, 67, said he decided to step down from the high-level state job to spend more time with his family. He had been traveling between Springfield and Maryland, where his family still lives, since he took the $193,000-a-year job in December 2010. His contract was to go through 2013.

The agency is responsible for coordinating the state's system of colleges and universities, including approving all new education programs.

Reid is to be paid $48,249, or about three months of salary, after his resignation, according to a copy of the separation agreement obtained by the Tribune under the Freedom of Information Act. In exchange, he is to be "periodically available" by phone or written correspondence during the next three months to help with the transition to interim Director Harry Berman, a former top administrator at the University of Illinois' Springfield campus.

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