Former Rock Valley College (RVC) President Roland Chapdelaine was recently sent a $147,900 check, according to RVC Board Trustee Chris Johnson. The check was issued as Chapdelaines severance package, after the RVC Board of Trustees terminated his employment Jan. 13.
Sources speculated that Chapdelaine was seeking about $640,000. Inspection of court records showed that Chapdelaine has not filed a lawsuit against RVC.
The board fired Chapdelaine after five consecutive and unprecedented years of deficit spending that totaled $7.3 million; downgrade of the colleges recognition status by the colleges governing agency, the Illinois Community College Board; no confidence votes by all three employee groups that totaled 204-28; legal costs that climbed each year during Chapdelaines tenure from about $48,000 in 1998 to about $460,000 in 2003; alleged illegal use of taxpayer funds for two political contributions, which were reimbursed; double charges for airline expenses for his recruitment to RVC; and at least $9.6 million in construction cost overruns.