Losing star faculty is a blow to the gut, and most universities will go far to keep their favorite teachers and researchers.
Think of star faculty as in-demand athletes.
Just like the Cleveland Cavaliers didn't want to lose LeBron James to the Miami Heat, University of Michigan doesn't want to lose its star faculty to competing schools. U-M will offer research funding, financial packages and increased responsibility to sought-after professors, going as far as to help place spouses in jobs.
Yet in the game of higher education, faculty poaching is inevitable.