Jeff Marsee's time as president of San Joaquin Delta College is limited, but he may be leaving with a bucket of cash.
The college board of trustees reached a tentative agreement with Marsee to end his employment at Delta during a closed-session meeting Friday.
Marsee signed on for a three-year term in May 2011. Included in his contract is a severance package entitling Marsee to 18 months pay, or over $350,000, if the contract is terminated before the end of the term. The specifics of the severance package are open to negotiation in the final agreement.
The settlement is subject to a final written agreement, to be discussed at a closed-session meeting this week.
Marsee did not return requests for comment.
Trustee Taj Khan wasn't surprised that the string of closed-session meetings led to this decision, though the situation is unusual.
"I'm not sure there's a normal process, because we don't do these things regularly," said Khan.
Marsee is on paid administrative leave following a Feb. 2 decision by the board in a closed-session meeting to evaluate the president's performance during his eight months at Delta. Kathleen Hart, vice president of instruction, has taken on the president's duties on an interim basis.
Khan did not comment on the details of the severance package.
"Until we finalize the contract, I think we need to keep our opinions to ourselves," said Kahn.
Board president Janet Rivera and trustee Mary Ann Cox were not present during the closed-session discussions. Both cited a potential conflict of interest and removed themselves.
Cox said she could not comment on her decision.
Rivera did not immediately return a request for comment.
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