Donor threatens to withhold $4.2 million if Univ. of Illinois hires terrorist to teach

Richard Hill has had enough of the University of Illinois hiring terrorists and now threatens to withhold a major donation if it goes through with announced plans to hire another convicted terrorist.  The University’s Chicago campus notoriously offered a professorship to Bill Ayers and allowed him to play a major role in shaping American public schools as a professor of education.  Now, the university’s flagship campus in Urbana-Champaign plans to hire a former Weather Underground colleague.

Eric Owens reports in the Daily Caller:

Last month, the statewide board of trustees cleared the way for the flagship campus in Urbana-Champaign to rehire 1970s-era Symbionese Liberation Army terrorist James Kilgore, a convicted murderer who participated in a 1975 bank robbery during which bank customer Myrna Opsahl was shot and killed.

The 42-year-old mother of four bled to death on the bank floor.

Now, Chicago businessman Richard Hill has notified officials at the University of Illinois at Chicago that he will rescind a pledge to donate $6.5 million to the UIC bioengineering department, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Hill, the retired CEO of Novellus Systems, has already given $2 million. However, he has vowed to withhold every last dime of the remaining $4.5 million if school officials allow Kilgore to teach courses in Urbana-Champaign.

“I no longer wish to be associated with University of Illinois,” the retired CEO wrote in a letter to school officials. “The Academy at the University of Illinois has clearly lost its moral compass.”

The University has already been around the block once with Kilgore, hiring him as an adjunct professor of history, and then not giving him any courses to teach after his radical background came to light.  Kilgore’s wife is a professor of history at the university.  Adjunct faculty are not on a tenure track and have no job security, a feature of the rigidly class-based academic system in this country that tends to be radically egalitarian about other people’s work.

But then:

Later, though, a group called “Friends of James Kilgore” convinced school officials and the trustees to reconsider the use of taxpayer money and student tuition to pay the violent felon. (RELATED: University Of Illinois Mulls Re-Hiring Terrorist Convicted Of Murder)

Kilgore has said he now rejects the “politics of small-group violence” — which presumably means he has no further plans to murder innocent mothers in the service of totalitarian politics.

“I love teaching and the whole educational process,” he has told Insider Higher Ed.

In a 19-page report, a University of Illinois committee praised Kilgore highly.

I hope that other wealthy donors will follow Richard Hill’s example and demand accountability from institutions of higher education before signing any more checks.  The quality of higher education has been debased by putting left-wing politics above all other considerations.  It is time that the grown-ups took charge again.

Hat tip: Clarice Feldman