Community-College Chief Will Step Down After Report Cites ‘Hostility, Intimidation, and Retaliation’

The president of Nashville State Community College has announced plans to retire in December, according to The Tennessean.

George Van Allen and other senior administrators were the subject of a “blistering” report earlier this year in which faculty members described a “climate of fear and oppressiveness” where university administrators used “hostility, intimidation, and retaliation” to control the faculty, the newspaper reported.

Mr. Van Allen has said the findings of the report were based on the views of a few disgruntled faculty members. Administrators at the system level have been working with him to improve leadership and communication at the college, The Tennessean said.

Mr. Van Allen attached his resignation letter to an email to the college’s faculty on Tuesday afternoon. The letter was addressed to Flora Tydings, chancellor of the Tennessee Board of Regents, and contained just three sentences. ”As we discussed, please accept this notice as verification of my request to retire, effective December 31, 2017,” it read. “Between now and then, I am committed to maintaining the efficiency and effectiveness of the college, and assisting you in providing a smooth transition.”

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