UWS issues statement concerning prof's resignation
The University of Wisconsin Superior issued the following statement concerning the resignation of Music Department professor Matthew Faerber:
On Friday, August 23, UW System and UW-Superior learned about Dr. Matthew Faerber’s past criminal charges and convictions. Faerber was first hired as a faculty member in the Music department in August 1998. UW System implemented mandatory criminal background checks for all new employees in December 2007.
In accordance with Chapter UWS 7 of the Wisconsin Administrative Code, university officials moved quickly to place Dr. Faerber on paid administrative leave effective August 28. Retired judge Edward Brunner was retained to conduct an independent investigation, which concluded with a report to UW-Superior Chancellor Renee Wachter on September 30.
After reviewing all available information about the matter, Chancellor Wachter moved to seek Dr. Faerber's dismissal, placing him on unpaid leave effective October 9. A faculty committee hearing was originally scheduled for October 21, but was cancelled.
“Today, UW-Superior announced that Dr. Faerber will voluntarily resign his tenured faculty position, under terms of a separation agreement. We believe that this is a fair and reasonable resolution to a difficult situation, which serves the best interests of students and the entire UW-Superior community,” said Wachter.