University of Illinois Chancellor Wise resigning Aug. 12

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URBANA, Ill.  — University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Chancellor Phyllis Wise is resigning.

In an announcement Thursday, Phyllis cited “external issues” involving her that she says are a distraction to the university.

Wise has become embroiled in a number of issues for which the university has drawn criticism. They include the decision not to hire a professor over his anti-Israel Twitter messages and allegations by athletes in three sports of mistreatment by coaches or other staff.

Several of those issues have led to lawsuits.

CHAMPAIGN, IL - OCTOBER 25: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Chancellor Phyllis M. Wise is seen on the field during the game against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Memorial Stadium on October 25, 2014 in Champaign, Illinois.  (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

CHAMPAIGN, IL – OCTOBER 25: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Chancellor Phyllis M. Wise is seen on the field during the game against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Memorial Stadium on October 25, 2014 in Champaign, Illinois. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

Wise said in a written statement that she “concluded that these issues are diverting much needed energy and attention from our goals.”

University President Timothy Killeen said he will appoint an interim chancellor to take over Wise’s duties. Her resignation is effective Aug. 12.

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