VMI Professor Who Won't Quit or Work Is on Paid Leave

August 16, 2013

A professor of English at the Virginia Military Institute is on paid leave indefinitely, following his refusal to work or quit, the Roanoke Times reported.

Kurt Ayau was one of seven professors who took issue last year with department leaders and affairs, including a new curriculum. Six have resigned or retired, but Ayau said the institute offered him a leave of absence for what he understood to be one year, and he took it to support himself as he looks for another job, according to the Times.

An institute spokesman said Ayau was on paid leave, but that the timeline was undetermined. Ayau’s salary is $59,642. The spokesman declined to comment on why Ayau was offered a leave of absence, citing personnel reasons. The institute’s Faculty Handbook says that extended leaves may be granted when “in the best interests of the faculty member and the Institute.”

Ayau did not return an e-mailed request for comment.

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