YSU Professors OK deals to leave
Resignation is called for in one case and retirement in another.
By NORMAN LEIGH
VINDICATOR EDUCATION WRITER
YOUNGSTOWN -- Two Youngstown State University faculty members who came under fire earlier this year in separate matters are leaving YSU.
University officials said Friday that associate professors William Bruce Neil and Robert Campbell have reached agreements that eventually will end their relationship with YSU.
Neil, who teaches hotel and restaurant management courses and coordinated YSU's hospitality management program, faced possible firing after being accused of misrepresenting his teaching credentials.
A professional conduct committee found this summer that Neil has invalid master's and doctorate degrees.
He had appealed that finding to YSU President David Sweet.
The appeals process is now scrapped as the result of a deal Neil struck with the university.
He agreed to resign effective Aug. 15. As part of the deal, he'll receive $30,000 and will continue to receive university health insurance and medical benefits through the end of the year.
If Neil had not resigned and had been fired instead, his faculty contract would have entitled him to a full year's salary, amounting to about $62,000, and a year's worth of benefits.
A university probe into a sexual harassment allegation resulted in a recommendation this spring that Campbell, a human ecology instructor, be fired.
YSU said Friday, though, that Campbell has agreed to retire in May 2007, at the end of the 2006-07 academic year.
Campbell, who has been employed by YSU since 1979, was removed from his teaching duties after the allegations against him arose in November.
In April, he went on paid sick leave on the advice of his physician.
Campbell will remain on that status until all his accumulated sick leave is exhausted.
While on leave, Campbell will receive his base salary of $66,926.
When his sick leave is exhausted -- it's unclear when this will be -- he will be placed on nonpaid medical leave until he retires in May 2007.