UPDATED: University of Illinois Chancellor Resigns

The University of Illinois is on the hunt for a new chancellor for its flagship campus.

Phyllis Wise, who has served as the Champaign-Urbana campus chief executive officer since 2011, announced her resignation on Thursday, effective next Wednesday.

Wise says that “external issues” involving her over recent months have become a distraction to the university. She will remain with the university as a member of the faculty.

Among those issues is a lawsuit brought by a professor who had been hired to teach at the Champaign-Urbana campus, but had his job offer withdrawn after a series of anti-Israel Twitter messages that he posted came to light. A U.S. District Judge this week ruled that most of Steven Salaita’s lawsuit against the University may continue. Judge Harry Leinenweber says that the University of Illinois had a contract with Salaita when it withdrew the offer.

U of I President Timothy Kileen says that he will name an interim chancellor “within the next week” and begin a search for a permanent replacement soon.

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