The Chronicle of Higher Education
November 14th, 2014
The University of Illinois’s Board of Trustees on Thursday left
academic units on the system’s Urbana-Champaign campus free to make
their own decision about rehiring as a part-time instructor James W.
Kilgore, a former member of the Symbionese Liberation Army who served
time for his role in a 1975 bank robbery that resulted in a murder.
A statement issued on the board’s behalf after its Thursday meeting
said that “a robust debate that represented a wide range of divergent
viewpoints” about Mr. Kilgore had ended with its deciding to take no
action regarding the employment of the part-time instructor. “While the
board has clear statutory responsibility to act on tenure/tenure-track
faculty and permanent staff hiring decisions, the board traditionally
has not been involved in part-time and adjunct employee hiring
decisions,” the statement said.
The statement said the board had instead asked Robert A. Easter,
president of the University of Illinois, “to develop a clear policy to
guide future hiring decisions for part-time and adjunct staff throughout
the three-campus university.” The board expects to consider the policy
in January. “In the meantime,” the statement said, “chancellors and
provosts at each campus should continue acting under their existing
hiring practices for these types of positions.”