Former chief of staff offered UI position

Lisa Troyer, University President Michael Hogan’s former chief of staff, has been offered a full-time faculty appointment in Urbana’s psychology department.

However, there will be a review process. The details of that review, including which campus group would lead it, have not yet been finalized, said Robin Kaler, campus spokeswoman.

Troyer resigned in early January after allegations that she sent anonymous emails to the University Senates Conference, a faculty advisory group, trying to influence discussion. According to the recently completed investigation, Troyer was found to be the author of the emails. But she has denied any involvement in the scandal.

Troyer has a tenured faculty appointment in the department after joining Hogan’s office in 2010. According to the University statutes, removing tenure would have to be initiated by the president’s office.

The report offered two possible policies which Troyer may have violated: the University’s code of conduct and the appropriate-use policy of computers and networks. Donna McNeely, the University’s ethics officer, said these two should be examined when considering Troyer’s future.

According to the psychology department’s website, Troyer studies “innovative problem-solving in groups and organizations” in social-personality psychology. Her salary offer going forward has not been released yet.

Also last week, a key figure of the anonymous emails scandal resigned. Tih-Fen Ting, former Springfield senate chair and University Senates Conference representative,stepped down from her posts following a vote of no confidence.

Ting was the conference member who leaked the draft of the enrollment management review report as well as internal email threads to Troyer. Troyer told investigators that she did not consider either confidential at that time.

In addition, Ting called Troyer multiple times after Ting’s colleague traced the emails to Troyer’s computer.

The resolution was drafted by four Springfield senators and passed at its meeting Friday, stating that the senate had no confidence in Ting’s leadership. It also condemned “her unethical and unprofessional conduct both prior to and during the anonymous email investigation.”

Don Chambers, University Senates Conference chair,said he was pleased that the Springfield senate took this issue into its own hands.

“I am hopeful that the recent period of contention will now be at the end and now help the University Senates Conference move forward,” he said.

Ting had multiple disputes with representatives from other campuses, including accusing others of not caring about the Springfield campus, which led to a breakdown of trust within the conference.