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Former WIU president accused of discrimination in Ohio

Rich Egger
Dr. Jack Thomas served as Western Illinois University's president from July, 2011 to June 2019.

Former Western Illinois University President Jack Thomas is reportedly the subject of an investigation by the Ohio Attorney General’s office.

Dr. Thomas is now president of Central State University.

The Dayton Daily News reported the attorney general has appointed an outside investigator to look into allegations of harassment and discrimination brought against Thomas by five women.

The newspaper said the women filed the complaint in August. They allege discrimination, wrongful termination or demotion, harassment and intimidation, and pay inequities, among other complaints.

Thomas became Central State’s president in July, 2020.

He stepped down as Western’s president at the end of June, 2019 for what was called a two-year administrative leave.

Terms of the leave called for Thomas to receive his presidential salary of $270,000 for two years, and then be paid not less than $300,000 to teach one class per semester in the tenured position of Distinguished Service Professor.

As part of a new agreement reached in 2021, which you can read here, Thomas officially resigned from WIU.

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