Former San Joaquin Delta College president Jeff Marsee has been officially released from his duties, with a hefty severance package awaiting him.
During a special closed-session board meeting Friday, the college's board of trustees reached a final written agreement to release Marsee. Delta attorney Daniel Schroeder gave the statement regarding the final agreement. Marsee officially resigned on Feb. 29 and will receive 18 months salary beginning March 1, amounting to over $350,000 and full health benefits. The terms are in line with his original employment contract.
However, only four trustees were present to come to the decision. Board president Janet Rivera and trustee Mary Ann Cox excused themselves, citing possible conflicts of interest. Trustee Taj Khan was also absent.
The potential conflicts of interest to which Cox and Rivera refer are two incidents Marsee says triggered the special sessions leading to his release.
One issue involved a phone call between Cox and Rose Roach, a classified union employee. Cox was accused of intervening on behalf of her daughter, who was up for a position at the Delta financial aid department. Cox told the News-Sentinel that the allegations were false and she was simply calling to ask Roach's permission before passing a personal phone number on to her daughter.
In July, Marsee halted payments from Delta to Stockton Unified School District that school officials said were to reimburse the district for Rivera's time at board functions. Rivera balked at the decision, but the payments were not reinstated.
Marsee said he was sad to leave the Stockton community.
"I'm very disappointed that I will not be able to continue moving forward with Delta College. I am disappointed that the board of trustees chose not to move forward with many initiatives we had begun, but at this juncture, I wish them the very best, and I hope they will be able to determine what direction is best for the college," said Marsee after the meeting. He and his wife Leslie see this as a new opportunity for their lives and careers, and have not yet determined the next step.
Marsee served as president for eight months, since being hired in May 2011. Kathleen Hart is currently Delta's acting president.
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