Illinois State University has called a special meeting of the Board of Trustees for Saturday. The meeting notice indicates there will be an executive session of the board concerning personnel matters. Also on the agenda are two action items slated after the closed session. Those are both resolutions concerning administrative personnel.
The performance of new ISU President Tim Flanagan has become a topic of interest on campus less than nine months after he began the job. The highest profile concern involves a dispute with the former head of grounds who was let go soon after a heated interaction with Flanagan outside the president's official residence. Patrick Murphy recently filed a police report alleging Flanagan assaulted him during that December incident. Campus observers have also expressed concern Flanagan did not attend the recent Missouri Valley Conference basketball tournament to deal with conference business involving other university presidents. Flanagan was also the only public university president in the state to skip a recent legislative appropriations hearing. He sent a deputy in his place.
The police investigation over the incident between Flanagan and Murphy involving lawn aeration is headed toward the appellate prosecutor's office to avoid a potential conflict of interest because McLean County State's Attorney Jason Chambers has a family member who works at ISU. Murphy alleges Flanagan's arm made contact with him and that Flanagan's saliva landed on him during the incident.
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