WMU News

WMU and Chandler reach agreement, end dispute

Oct. 11, 2000

KALAMAZOO -- Western Michigan University officials announced today the retirement of Dr. Ralph C. Chandler, in an effort by both parties to end further employment-related controversy between the professor and the University.

Chandler, a prominent professor of public affairs and political science, denies liability in the ongoing dispute. He has, however, offered to retire to help end the controversy. Chandler's retirement will become effective Oct. 9, 2000, pending approval of the WMU Board of Trustees.

As part of this agreement, Chandler will give the University $16,000, an amount which equals disputed consulting fees that led to the controversy. In addition, he will work cooperatively with the University in academically related matters and waive his rights to take legal and collective bargaining action against the institution.

In return, WMU will pay Chandler an amount equal to what he would have earned through the fall of 2001.

University and union officials, recognizing Chandler's 24 years of service and numerous contributions to WMU, believe that this is an appropriate agreement and an acceptable conclusion to the controversy.

Media contact: Matt Kurz, 616 387-8400, matt.kurz@wmich.edu

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