NORMAL - It was a whirlwind day for Illinois State University. The board announced Former-President Timothy Flanagan’s resignation. Then, just minutes later it appointed a new president.
"The board believes that excellent leadership exists on this campus and there is no need to repeat a long and expensive search process, which was completed just a short time ago." says Trustee Board Chairman Michael McCusky
Flanagan's contract originally had him serving through 2016… but he was only president for 7 months. ISU awarded him a severance package of almost half a million dollars. This all comes on the heels of an investigation involving Flanagan. An incident, said to have taken place outside of the president's home… alleges charges of assault and disorderly conduct. Now, the State's Attorney's Office is evaluating whether it will take the case. That's because Mclean County State's Attorney Jason Chambers' wife is an employee at ISU.
"As the agreement said in the press release, we cannot go into that... We can't comment on why. You will have to ask Dr. Flanagan about why he resigned." says McCusky.
In a statement Flanagan said...."I appreciate the experience of working with the students, faculty, staff and alumni of Illinois State, but, after discussion with the board, I have decided it would be best that I pursue other opportunities."
Dr. Larry Deitz was the runner up in the last search. A 40-year education veteran and Vice President of Student Affairs at ISU, Deitz's contract was approved unanimously by the Board.
"I plan to continue to work hard and represent and advocate for this institution. It's an excellent institution and I felt very fortunate to be the person in this role." says president Dietz.
When asked about the quick role change, Deitz shrugged off any doubt.
"The only constant at universities is change. That's just something that we deal with."