Monday, December 27, 2010

David Derge

A reader of the blog pointed out some similarities in Chancellor Cheng's plans to furlough employees and layoff those who do not agree to the furlough to occurrences during David Derge's tenure as President (the titles of President and Chancellor switched offices starting with John Guyon's term in 1987) of SIUC from 1972-1974.

During his 2 year tenure, Derge reduced the number of top administrators at SIUC from 21 to 6 and, in what he announced as a move to help the university balance its budget, eliminated 104 teaching positions. Critics changed that the 104 dismissed had all gone public with criticisms of Derge and his administration. The controversy led the Board of Trustees to remove him in 1974.

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