Like ‘a bonus for the Titanic’s captain’


“As graduation rates were bottoming out at the City Colleges of Chicago in 2009, Chancellor Wayne Watson was cashing out” with a $800,000 golden parachute, charges the Better Government Association.

On top of roughly $537,000 in sick- and vacation-day payouts, Watson also was given an exit bonus of $124,615, according to City Colleges records recently obtained under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act. What’s more, City Colleges is providing him with free health care coverage for life – costing the system more than $22,000 to date in premiums and reimbursements – and a life insurance policy that he was allowed to cash out for $112,602, records show.

Graduation rates within the City Colleges system – which serves more than 100,000 students at seven main campuses – fell from 13 percent in 1999, Watson’s first full year as chancellor, to 7 percent in 2009, when he left.

“This would be like giving a performance bonus to the captain of the Titanic,” says Andy Shaw, CEO of the BGA.

Watson is now president of Chicago State University, which also has a very low graduation rate. He’s paid $250,000 a year and lives in a university house. His annual pension from City Colleges is nearly $140,000.


POSTED BY Joanne Jacobs ON April 4, 2012

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Shar Scharpou

I graduated from Chicago State. I was an employee at Wright College. PLEASE STOP THE CORRUPTION! Illinois is spiraling downward while Mr. Watson robs the tax payers of Illinois.

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