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Chicago State University president booted after 9 months, gets six-figure severance deal

Sep 16, 2016

This article originally appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times.

The Chicago State University board of trustees voted Friday to approve a deal sealing the departure of Thomas J. Calhoun Jr. after just nine months as the $300,000-a-year president of the South Side university.

Calhoun — who will receive two years of salary under the deal signed Friday — had taken over the financially troubled, 4,500-student school only last January, with a contract through 2020.

The vote to approve the separation agreement came amid boos and shouts of “Why was he asked to leave?”

“Everyone agreed it’s in the best interests of Dr. Calhoun…

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