U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin), right, UW-Whitewater Chancellor Beverly Kopper, second from right, and students and faculty from the College of Business and Economics Fed Challenge Team, share a laugh together in the chancellor's office on Friday, May 18, 2018. Johnson talked privately with the students before a scheduled public listening session at the Chrisman Success Center. From left are students Alejandro Esquivel, Ron Tittle and Alexandre Vieira. Faculty Fed Challenge Team coaches Eylem Ersal and Yamin Ahmad are in the background. (UW-Whitewater photo/Craig Schreiner)

WHITEWATER — Former Chancellor Beverly Kopper officially retired from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater early this month.

Kopper retired from the university effective Jan. 5, 2020, according to Jeff Angileri, director of university communications.

Kopper left her post as chancellor in December 2018 following allegations of sexual harrassment against her husband by students and employees of the university. An investigation found the allegations had merit and Kopper’s husband, Alan L. “Pete” Hill, was banned from the campus in September 2018.

Kopper’s resignation came after pressure from state and local officials, including state Sen. Steve Nass. R-Whitewater. But an agreement with the school allowed Kopper to retain a position on the staff, reportedly in the Psychology Department, and continue to draw a salary.

Kopper was paid a $242,760 annual salary during a paid administrative leave through August 2019, with full benefits, after which she was to return to the faculty position at a reduced salary.

Her nine-month teaching contract originally ran from September 2019 through May 2020 with a salary of $118,308.

But, Kopper — who has a doctorate in psychology — never returned to a faculty position in the fall. Angileri said that Kopper’s fall 2019 and spring 2020 semester courses were reassigned to other UW-Whitewater instructors.

While she was set to be paid by the university through May 2020, it is unclear whether that will continue following her retirement.

Angileri told the Daily Union he was looking into that question for the newspaper.

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