Wednesday, August 22 2012 6:27 AM EDT2012-08-22 10:27:02 GMT
University of Cincinnati President Greg Williams is leaving the position he has held for almost three years. Reports came in on Tuesday that Williams leaving, but an exact reason is still unknown. WilliamsFull Story >
University of Cincinnati President Greg Williams is leaving the position he has held for the past two and a half years.Full Story >
Dan Sligh and his wife were in their pickup truck on Interstate 5 heading to a camping trip when a bridge before them disappeared in a "big puff of dust."Full Story >
A truck hauling an oversized load struck an overhead bridge girder on the major interstate between Seattle and Canada, sending a section of the span and two vehicles into the Skagit River below. All three occupants suffered...Full Story >
Britain's Ministry of Defense says a Typhoon jet has been launched to investigate an incident involving a civilian aircraft.Full Story >
Two men were arrested on suspicion of endangering an aircraft Friday after a U.K. fighter jet was scrambled to divert their plane as it traveled from Pakistan to Britain, officials said. The incident further rattled the U.K....Full Story >
Friday, May 24 2013 10:46 AM EDT2013-05-24 14:46:44 GMT
(RNN) - A deadly tornado ripped through Moore, OK, killing 24 people. The EF-5 tornado had wind speeds of at least 200 mph and was roughly two miles wide. Among the dead were children who took shelterFull Story >
A deadly EF-5 tornado, a murder suspect with links to the Boston bombing suspects and a British soldier brutally killed by alleged terrorists dominated headlines this week.Full Story >
Friday, May 24 2013 10:43 AM EDT2013-05-24 14:43:18 GMT
A 19-year-old Clifton resident was arrested on Wednesday for aggravated burglary and numerous counts of drug possession. According to the Cincinnati Police Department, Kyle "Lucky" McNamara was armedFull Story >
A 19-year-old Clifton resident was arrested on Wednesday for aggravated burglary and numerous counts of drug possession.Full Story >
UC's baseball team is making national headlines. Check out this video of the players who are photo-bombing the after game interviews. Full Story >
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -
Former University of Cincinnati President Greg Williams is going to get nearly $1.3 million from the school during the next two years.
"Why? I mean that's ridiculous. You're leaving," student Nathia Jackson reacted to the news.
State Rep. Connie Pillich was disappointed in the decision saying in a statement, "It's really disappointing that the trustees would make such a decision while so many students and families are struggling with rising tuition costs. As the trustees vote to needlessly spend over a million dollars, the University is trying to decide how to fund $10 million for the Cintrifuse project and students are taking out more loans to pay a tuition that was increased by 3.5 percent this year. We need to harness young people's potential and skill in this state. This sends the wrong kind of message to students. They would have been better served by establishing a scholarship fund with money, or investing it in an actual program or area of study."
Other students responded with equal surprise.
"I think it's really disappointing the way they're going about doing it and the way he left us and the fact that they're almost rewarding him for doing that by paying him," Junior Ali Fretti said.
Some, however, argue more information is needed before they decide whether or not to support the Board of Trustee's decision.
"Out of context not knowing what his personal reasons were for resigning it's really hard to react to that amount," Student Body President Lane Hart said.
Hart says while he understands the amounts seem shocking to students, he argues the total looks differently when viewed through the eyes of the university.
"One of the things though that does kind of put it into perspective is the magnitude of the University's budget when we're talking about a billion dollar budget," Hart said.
Jackson, however, argues billion dollar budget or not there are a lot of other places the money could go.
"I feel like that's contributing to high tuition costs because we're paying out so much money to one individual," Jackson said. "They could put that in scholarship money, grant money. They could invest it back in the school."
University trustees approved various payments to Williams Wednesday. He resigned suddenly Aug. 21, six days before the start of fall classes.
The payments include a bonus of $112,750 for last year, the maximum allowed under his employment agreement. A required $255,000 salary for his faculty position at the UC law school was also approved. In addition, trustees approved a consulting deal that will pay him $500,000 over the next two years.
Students had varied reactions Thursday to the news Williams will be receiving $500,000 for consulting on ongoing issues he had been working on before leaving the University.
"I just think it's a little ridiculous that they want his opinion so badly and they're offering to give him so much money when he just picked up and left off and just left us kind of high and dry," Fretti told FOX19.
"It's important that we are able to retain some of that institutional knowledge," argued Student Body President Lane Hart. "And apparently the board wants to contact him if there are any questions about outstanding projects."
"I understand about the projects, you would need him to come back to help but all the other things … he doesn't need all of that," student Nathia Jackson said.
Trustees Chairman Fran Barrett said the university was obligated to pay the retirement benefit and faculty salary. He said the consulting contract is a good deal, mainly because of Williams' expertise with the Big East Conference.
The deal also includes a $100,000 benefits payment and an optional $300,000 buyout incentive that can be utilized by the board next year.
The board also approved the continuation of Williams' current housing in a university owned property. A university spokesperson says the interim president has expressed no desire to move from his current residence.
Williams said he resigned for "personal reasons."
Copyright 2012 WXIX. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this story.
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:17 PM EDT2013-05-24 02:17:47 GMT
Heads are starting to roll at the IRS. A day after pleading the 5th and refusing to testify before Congress, Lois Lerner, the IRS Director of Tax Exempt Organizations was placed on administrative leaveFull Story >
A day after pleading the 5th and refusing to testify before Congress, Lois Lerner, the IRS Director of Tax Exempt Organizations was placed on administrative leave Thursday. We have learned more about Lois Lerner's connections to Cindy Thomas, the highest ranking Cincinnati employee in this IRS division.Full Story >
Friday, May 24 2013 9:13 AM EDT2013-05-24 13:13:57 GMT
A man was found shot to death in Over-the-Rhine overnight. It was just before 3A-M when Cincinnati dispatch received a call about a man bleeding from the head near the intersection of Goose Alley andFull Story >
Cincinnati police have released the name of a man who was shot and killed early Friday morning in OTR. Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:31 PM EDT2013-05-22 02:31:55 GMT
The claim that the ongoing IRS scandal is limited to low level employees is falling apart. The six Cincinnati workers we have identified, who sent scrutinizing letters to conservative groups with wordsFull Story >
The claim that the ongoing IRS scandal is limited to low level employees is falling apart. Full Story >
Friday, May 17 2013 7:16 PM EDT2013-05-17 23:16:53 GMT
One person has died in a crash near Harrisonville, MO, Thursday evening. The crash happened on Missouri Highway 7 and Walker Road. It involved a car and a tractor-trailer. Harrisonville is in Cass County.Full Story >
Savannah Nash celebrated her 16th birthday last week. She died Thursday when her car slammed into a semi while she was texting during her first time driving by herself.Full Story >
Friday, May 24 2013 6:32 AM EDT2013-05-24 10:32:47 GMT
Cincinnati police are looking for a pickup that hit a police cruiser in Avondale. It happened just before 4:00 Friday morning. Police say the truck hit the cruiser, an unmarked SUV, at Reading and Victory. ThereFull Story >
Cincinnati police are looking for a pickup that hit a police cruiser in Avondale.Full Story >
Friday, May 24 2013 9:20 AM EDT2013-05-24 13:20:42 GMT
An Ohio police officer and his wife face aggravated child neglect charges after their young children were left unsupervised in a truck outside a Panama City Beach bar. Bay County Jail officials say 35-year-oldFull Story >
An Ohio police officer and his wife face aggravated child neglect charges after their young children were left unsupervised in a truck outside a Panama City Beach bar.Full Story >