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UDC Board Fires Sessoms

12/20/2012, 12:56 p.m.

Following months of reports of financial discord which have resulted in faculty staff layoffs, the University of the District of Columbia's (UDC) board of trustees has voted to terminate the contract of president, Allen L. Sessoms.

During a closed session on Wednesday that lasted more than four hours, the board finalized its decision before making the announcement that comes more than four years after Sessoms assumed the helm.

In a Dec. 19 statement read by Board Chairwoman Elaine Crider, Sessoms was praised for his service as the university made plans surrounding its future.

"We thank Dr. Sessoms for his work in guiding the University over the past four years," said Crider. "But as we grapple with the challenges of reducing staff and programs, continuing to improve our physical plant and attracting new students, the board has decided to go in a different direction."

Sessoms served as president of Delaware State University and Queens College of New York City before coming to UDC in September 2008.

According to a statement issued by the school, during Sessoms' tenure, the University embarked on a significant upgrade in campus facilities and developed a comprehensive University strategic plan for academic, administrative and operational reform.

UDC spokesman Allen Etter said that although a temporary replacement will be soon be named, the board is seeking an interim president to take over while a national search to replace Sessoms is conducted.