The Chronicle of Higher Education
November 13th, 2014
Later this week the University of Illinois’s Board of Trustees will
consider the case of an adjunct professor whose contract was not renewed
after his criminal history was publicized in the local news
media, Inside Higher Ed reports.
The board will hear the results of a faculty report on the case of James W. Kilgore, who was told in April that he would not teach again on the system’s flagship campus. Mr. Kilgore once had ties to the Symbionese Liberation Army, a radical group, and was arrested in 2002 for his role in a bank robbery that killed one person in 1975. The News-Gazette, an Illinois newspaper, thrust Mr. Kilgore into the public eye in February with an article about his past.
Mr. Kilgore has said that the university was fully aware of his
criminal history, and that the decision not to renew his contract was
the result of external pressure. The American Association of University
Professors criticized how the case was handled by the university, which
subsequently formed a committee to draft a report on the matter.