Transylvania U. dismisses communications employees citing 'new direction'
- In the latest controversy involving outgoing Transylvania University President Owen Williams, three members of the school's communications staff were let go due to what a spokeswoman says was the need "to move in a new direction."
- Director of Publications Martha Baker and Writer/Editor Bill Bowden were cut Monday, and Associate Vice President for Communication Sarah Emmons—who worked at the school for 34 years—was dismissed on Friday.
- Williams received a vote of no confidence from faculty earlier this year due to his reportedly disrespectful and dismissive leadership style, as well as allegations that he created a hostile campus climate toward women, and he is expected to step down at the end of the academic year.
From the article:
... Glenn Osborne, a former sports information director at Transy who left the school earlier this year, said he thought the recent moves seemed to be "needlessly harsh and sudden.
"These people have been important members of the Transy family for many years and the manner in which they were dismissed appears to be cruel and unwarranted from my perspective," Osborne said. "This is not the way people at Transylvania have been treated in the past in my experience." ...
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