Chancellor Thom Reilly does not have the authority on his own to force a university president to quit or be fired. Only the Board of Regents can make that call.
But the Board has not held any public meeting to discuss Jessup’s job performance. This raises the possibility that some members of the board conferred in private about getting rid of Jessup. Have the regents ever heard of the Open Meeting law? Taking a secret poll of board members to avoid a public discussion is a blatant violation of the spirit and letter of Nevada’s Open meeting law.
Dr. Jessup has been humiliated by the chancellor and the Board of Regents. What do these officials have to say about this disgraceful and secretive maneuver? Nothing.
The regents love the sounds of their own voices. If you have ever attended a board meeting, you’ve heard them jostling for the microphone. Thus far, the regents and the chancellor have no comment about the forced ouster of a widely respected university president.
There is another question to consider. After Jessup is forced to leave, who will take his job? Do they already have someone in mind? If not, the board may have trouble filling the position. What self-respecting education professional in the country would want to sign a contract that might be shredded at any moment, without notice because of the whims of a feckless board of backstabbing regents?
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