Marshall Goodman — the former chancellor of the University of South Florida Polytechnic, who led the campus on a quest to independence, who made headlines for buying giant slides and Star Wars statues on the school's dime, and who was being investigated following complaints about a hostile work environment under his reign — is leaving the campus for good.
Goodman had been on paid "professional development" leave from USF since December, when USF President Judy Genshaft demoted him. She had given him the option of returning to campus after a year and retaining a $150,000-a-year faculty position.
But on Thursday, he resigned.
A memo spelling out the terms of Goodman's departure offers few details about what made him jump ship.
It does, however, reference that investigation into his leadership — an investigation rendered "impractical and unnecessary" now that he's out the door, according to the memo.
"The university takes its responsibility to review employment concerns seriously," wrote Frank Brown, an attorney consulted to oversee a USF investigation into complaints aired by Poly staffers months ago amid a separate look at questionable spending at the campus. "We have met with several employees and have recently interviewed Dr. Goodman and heard his explanation of the issues.
"Dr. Goodman has since voluntarily resigned."
We may never know exactly what kinds of issues the memo is talking about, or Goodman's explanation of them.
Now that he's leaving, the investigation is kaput. Any interview notes gathered during its course are not public records, a USF spokeswoman said.
"There's no written product to produce," said Lara Wade-Martinez.
Goodman is leaving with about $147,000: About $58,000 for earned and accrued annual leave time and $88,600 for the remaining balance of his professional development compensation, which was equal to his $254,000 regional chancellor salary.
If he gets another job before that annual leave is up in November, though, he'll have to pay USF back money for whatever time remains at that time.
Kim Wilmath can be reached at [email protected] or 813-226-3337.