Tenured professor has salary reduced to zero

Math professor Harold Donnelly is still listed on Purdue University’s website—but fellow math professors have shared something odd about his salary.

It’s $0, after the university began reducing it in fall 2021, according to emails these professors provided.

“I have carefully considered your career of contributions to mathematics and to our department, college and university,” says a July 2021 email from a math department head, whose name is redacted, about the first salary slash, a 20 percent cut. Irena Swanson, who was the department head then and now, didn’t return requests for comment Friday.

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