College system chairman to community college presidents: Separation offer rescinded

Lewis J. Robinson Jr. emailed the presidents of the state’s community colleges Tuesday evening, telling them that any “expedite[d]” separation agreement offers — or “buyouts” as some have called it — are void.

“The Board has not authorized any such arrangement and to the extent such an arrangement was offered at that time or thereafter, it is hereby rescinded,” Robinson wrote the leaders of the state’s dozen community colleges.

Last month, the state’s community college presidents met with the system’s director of human resources. Two of those presidents said they were offered a “buyout” and were at risk of being terminated if they did not accept it by the end of October. The system’s president and vice president — who have since resigned — insisted that all that was offered was an expedited exit from their posts, so they could amicably leave if they did not agree with the direction the system was heading.

Read Robinson’s full letter to the college presidents here.