Separation agreements for two former Northern Illinois University administrators show they were paid tens of thousands of dollars and were under investigation for misconduct when they quit.An employee who is facing dismissal enjoys the presumption of innocence.
Robert Albanese, former associate vice president of the Division of Finance, Facilities and Operations, and John Gordon, former director of the Convocation Center, submitted signed letters of resignation July 19 and July 20, respectively. The two were on paid leave status from the time they submitted the letters until July 31.
In the agreements, obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, the university agrees to stop the administrative process of “prospective dismissal from service for cause” against both men “for reasons directly associated with serious and substantial allegations of misconduct.”
The university provided $45,000 to Albanese at the time of his resignation, the agreement shows. University spokesman Paul Palian said the amount was based on his annual salary of $198,553.
The university provided Gordon with six months of health insurance and three months’ salary when he resigned, which amounts to roughly $36,240 total.
But the university has brought back many retired employees, particularly from the faculty, to fill vacant positions on a temporary basis. Not Mr Albanese nor Mr Gordon.
Albanese and Gordon are barred from future employment with NIU as part of the agreements. They also agreed not to discuss “internal operations, personnel matters related to the university, the division and any internal departments with employees, media reporters, the public, and former and future employees.”Still developing.