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SIU creates two new jobs for chancellor's daughter, son-in-law

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CARBONDALE -- Before the SIU board hired Carlo Montemagno to lead the Carbondale campus, an agreement was reached between him and the university's president to hire Montemagno's daughter and son-in-law.

The SIU board of trustees hired Carlo Montemagno In July and just weeks later, Montemagno approached SIU spokeswoman Rae Goldsmith with a recommendation to hire Melissa Germain, Montemagno's daughter.

"At the same time, I was approached by the dean of the College of Liberal Arts for some help promoting theatre, which we expanded into promoting all of the arts and we put those two things together," Goldsmith said.

Goldsmith said the recommendation was made after Montemagno asked SIU system president Randy Dunn about hiring Germain and her husband.

"It's not uncommon on campuses to have those conversations," Goldsmith said. "They typically relate to spouses. So they discussed it and president Dunn agreed to the request."

Documents show Melissa's job was specifically created "for the family member of a key hire."

She makes $52,000 per year and is subject to yearly contract renewals, terms Goldsmith said are equal to similar jobs the university fills.
    
The university hired Melissa's husband, Jeffrey Germain, to help the associate vice chancellor of research in September.

He makes an hourly rate of $45 dollars an hour capped at $40,500 a year and Goldsmith said his job is only temporary.

Goldsmith said the proper procedure was followed for each hire, despite never advertising the jobs or interviewing anyone else.

"We followed all of the university's processes in every step we took," Goldsmith said.

As for the reasoning behind the hires, Goldsmith said she couldn't answer that.

"I'm going to suggest you talk with Dr. Dunn about that," Goldsmith said.

A spokesman for Dunn's office says he wasn't available Thursday. The Daily Egyptian reports the university's ethics office opened up inquiries into the hirings.

UPDATED STATEMENT FROM RANDY DUNN:

Yesterday, after learning about hiring irregularities at the SIU Carbondale campus related to the Chancellor and members of his family, as well as former colleagues, I directed the SIU System Office of Internal Audit, Compliance and Ethics to initiate two inquiries to determine if university or state hiring procedures were properly followed. Specifically, the inquiries would look into the hiring of the Chancellor’s immediate family members as well as potential hiring decisions involving former colleagues or employees of the Chancellor. I believe that the information that has been publicly reported presents a set of facts that is appropriate to examine which is why I initiated these reviews.

After careful consideration, the SIU Office of Internal Audit, Compliance and Ethics has determined that the matter of hiring of the Chancellor’s family members will be referred to the Illinois Office of the Executive Inspector General.  The potential scope of the inquiry and the fact that the Office has a functional reporting line to the Board of Trustees and an administrative reporting line to the Office of the President, all who may be called upon to provide information in this review, led to this decision.  Such action was necessary in order to preserve the independence of the Office and ensure the independence of the review. 

The SIU System Office, through the Office of Internal Audit, Compliance and Ethics, will proceed with its review of the alleged hiring of other faculty members at the recommendation of the Chancellor. 
 

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