ISU To Consider Bonus For Dietz And Funding For New Asian Restaurant | WGLT

ISU To Consider Bonus For Dietz And Funding For New Asian Restaurant

Dec 10, 2019

Illinois State University trustees will decide Saturday whether university president Larry Dietz has earned a performance bonus.

Illinois State University president Larry Dietz could receive a $50,000 annual bonus following a performance review by the university's Board of Trustees.
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Trustees are also scheduled to vote during a special meeting to spend $1.3 million to build an Asian restaurant at Bone Student Center.

Dietz signed a three-year contract in 2017. The contract stipulates annual performance bonuses of up to $50,000 based on various factors.

“In the past it’s been enrollment, retention rates, other kinds of criteria that are used for performance with the president’s goals and things like that,” ISU spokesperson Eric Jome said.

Dietz remains under contract through June 2020. His base salary is $375,000.

New Restaurant

ISU is planning to open a sixth restaurant at Bone Student Center as the final piece to a $33 million renovation.

Trustees will consider funding the Star Ginger Asian Grill and Noodle Bar restaurant to open on the second floor of the building.

“The Asian concept restaurant was very high on the wish list for a lot of people, and so that was worked into the plans for the different food venues as part of that revitalization project,” Jome said.

Jome said construction would begin in the spring with the goal to be open by August 2020 when students return for the fall semester. 

It would be paid for with bond revenue set aside for the Bone Student Center renovation.

The center already houses McAlister’s Deli, Qdoba Mexican Eats, Starbucks, The Landing, and will soon house Timbers Grille.

Other Bone renovations will also finish next year. This will include the opening of about 200 additional seats at the Birds' Nest after spring break, the planned opening of Timbers Grille, a new faculty staff commons and reopening of the Prairie Room.

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