Tunnel Rat posted on August 18, 2009 15:03

After considerable pressure from the INSURGENCY, Desi Dirtbag Niranjan Shah has resigned:

U. of I. board chairman quits amid scandal


University of Illinois trustee Niranjan Shah before the committee investigating admissions abuses at the school. (Phil Velasquez/Chicago Tribune)

Days before a state panel is set to blast him for his heavy-handedness in University of Illinois affairs, board Chairman Niranjan Shah resigned his powerful post Monday while accepting some blame for his role in a far-reaching admissions scandal.

An Oak Brook businessman and prolific political donor, Shah becomes the second university trustee to step down amid allegations that he overstepped his authority in meddling with undergraduate and graduate applications. Trustee Lawrence Eppley resigned last week, saying he wanted to restore public confidence in the Urbana-Champaign campus.



Shah's departure leaves behind a fractured board grappling with an uncertain future. The remaining seven governor-appointed members will be urged to submit their resignations when the Illinois Admissions Review Commission releases its report this week.

"I don't know who else might decide to resign, so it leaves the board in limbo," trustee Frances Carroll said. "My concern is we won't be able to do the business of the university if everyone is resigning."

Shah and fellow board members came under scrutiny following revelations of clout lists that gave well-connected applicants an admissions edge at the state's most selective public university. Records show that Shah's sway also influenced housing and employment decisions involving his relatives and at least one employee's child.

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