A proposal to ban public university hiring of those who retire from those institutions could hurt Illinois State University according to President Al Bowman. The bill in Springfield originated when a high ranking administrator at Northeastern Illinois retired and was hired back at 93% of his salary. Bowman agrees that apparent attempt to game the system is out of line. But, he says banning the entire practice is a bad idea.
Bowman says typically hirebacks get 10-20% of their previous salary, so the double dipping is not egregious and the university actually saves money. He says ISU still has to cover courses and duties and if a retiree is willing to work while a search process goes on, so much the better.
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