by: Diane Benjamin
Because of disgraced former President Tim Flanagan, Patrick Murphy lost his job at ISU. I have talked to people who worked with him and worked for him. Patrick is one of the good guys and ISU is throwing him away. Patrick has a degree in horticulture from ISU. Since Flanagan was arrested and there were witnesses to his outburst, ISU should be considering the circumstances. Evidently they aren’t. The witnesses told me that Patrick did nothing to provoke Flanagan, instead he stood still and took the verbal beating – after all it was the President of the University.
After paying Flanagan $480,000 to leave (when they probably could have fired him within days) ISU can’t do the right thing and re-hire Murphy? As an ISU alum I am outraged. If ISU is stilling considering their options, how do they explain this job posting:
Illinois State University – Normal, IL
|To facilitate the development of the Fell Arboretum at Illinois State University, promote and market the Arboretum in support of recruitment and retention for high quality faculty/staff and students. To serve as liaison for various campus departments and the community as a whole.
1. Bachelor’s degree in horticulture.
2. One year of work experience in a supervisory capacity on landscape construction or maintenance.
3. If this position is Security Sensitive or if you are subject to a criminal background investigationbased on University policy, employment is contingent upon you passing a satisfactory criminal background investigation. You may not begin work until the criminal background investigation results have been received and cleared by Human Resources.
ISU: You are a disgrace to the community
You have a guy willing and able to work. You paid off Flanagan and threw Murphy away like garbage. Do you really think anybody believes Flanagan didn’t call HR and demand he be fired?
If you have a better explanation – spill it!
Of course, you never explained paying off Flanagan, so I’m not expecting much from you!
If you are an ISU alum – please express your outrage to the Presidents Office! Start with Jay Groves, last time I tried to email the new President, he responded: [email protected]
ISU, you are setting the worst possible example for your students. Crime pays big, the little guys get screwed.