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SIU Chancellor Carlo Montemagno laughs during an interview in his office in August.

CARBONDALE — Southern Illinois University Carbondale Chancellor Carlo Montemagno has reimbursed the university for moving expenses associated with his second home after a “misunderstanding.”

Montemagno’s employment contract included $61,000 to cover “actual costs of expenses related to moving and storage, if needed, of household, personal, and professional office possessions from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada to Carbondale, Illinois.”

“What was to be included in the contracted amount was not part of a detailed listing, so there was a misunderstanding about what could be covered in the move,” a statement posted Thursday on the chancellor’s blog reads.

Montemagno owned two homes in Edmonton. When moving costs exceeded $61,000, not including laboratory equipment, he paid the moving company directly to make up the difference.

The chancellor “has also agreed to pay for and has already reimbursed the university” for moving expenses from the second home, according to the statement.

The corrected charge for the move is $49,853.58 and covers moving expenses for a single household. The move of the chancellor’s laboratory equipment is still pending and will be addressed separately.

The blog post is entitled “Being Transparent,” and Montemagno notes he is sharing the information “as someone who believes in being open.”


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Janis Esch is a reporter covering higher education.

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