Former WSU President To Receive Salary Through June As Part Of Resignation Agreement

Sep 30, 2020

Former Wichita State University President Jay Golden agreed to limit his presence on campus, move out of his in-campus house by Sunday and stay on the university payroll.

That’s according to a letter the Kansas Board of Regents sent to Jay Golden outlining some of the terms for his resignation. KMUW received the letter Wednesday from the Regents.

Read the Regents' letter to Golden here

The Regents sent the letter on Sept. 25, the same day the Regents accepted Golden's resignation. According to the letter, Golden will stay on as a consultant to the end of the fiscal year and earn the rest of his close to $450,000 annual salary, along with benefits.

Golden must leave the President’s home by Sunday. Originally, the date was Sept. 27, two days after his resignation, but the new date was added in by marker.

He will be paid for “actual and reasonable” moving costs, though he won’t get the rest of his salary if he accepts a new job before the end of the fiscal year.

The Regents also required Golden to limit his time on campus and not send out any official communication to the university community “in order to provide an acting or interim president with the space needed to assume leadership of Wichita State University.”

Golden and Blake Flanders, the Regent president and CEO, signed the letter.

The Regents have not provided an explanation for Golden’s resignation and do not plan on doing so, saying this is a personnel matter.

On Twitter, Golden tweeted a message on Tuesday saying, “not all storms come to disrupt your life, some come to clear your path.”

Stephan Bisaha reports on education and young adult life for KMUW and the Kansas News Service. You can follow him on Twitter @stevebisaha.

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