State Rep. questions former UC president's compensation

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - State Rep. Connie Pillich sent a letter this week to the University of Cincinnati Board of Trustees asking for further explanation of former President Greg Williams' compensation.

The board decided to reward Williams with $1.3 million over the next two years  after he abruptly resigned six days before classes began this fall.

"I am hopeful that the Board can provide a more thoughtful and thorough account for former President Williams' pay and his current consulting position with the university," said Rep. Pillich. "It just doesn't seem right that Mr. Williams can collect a salary for a faculty position when he won't be teaching, free campus housing and a generous bonus in light of the circumstances. I think it sends the wrong message to taxpayers and students struggling with the rising costs of higher education. It is also very concerning that they won't be keeping any record of Mr. Williams' "consulting" work going forward. Students, families and faculty deserve some level of accountability when so much public money is at stake."

Williams will receive a retroactive bonus of $112,750 for last year's service, $255,000 for a faculty position with the UC law school, free university housing and a consulting deal worth $500,000 over the next two years.

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