Fla. Community College Fires Embattled President

April 29, 2009

Ten days after a Florida grand jury indicted the president of Northwest Florida State College for misconduct and perjury, the college fired him Tuesday. The community college's Board of Trustees voted 4 to 3, with one abstention, to dismiss President James C. (Bob) Richburg, who has been caught up in a controversy involving state appropriations directed the college's way by a key legislator whom the college then hired. A college news release Tuesday said trustees were divided between those who believed "the board needed to move forward with new leadership and that their vote was not a reflection or judgment on Dr. Richburg's current legal issues, and others who wanted the board to "take more time to consider its options and alternatives such as suspension or asking for Richburg's resignation." The trustees selected Jill White, the college's senior vice president, to replace Richburg on an interim basis.

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