The now former Community Education Center Dean Richard Hodge did not have his employment contract renewed as of June 30.
General Counsel Gail Cooper announced Hodge was put on administrative leave on Feb. 21 by the Board of Trustees, according to the meetingâ€™s minutes.
Cooper would not respond to inquiries asking about the nature of Hodgeâ€™s contract expiring.
According to CEC Instructor Danny Hamman, the administration sent an email to the CEC explaining Hodge was on administrative leave, and Vice President of Educational Services Robert Miller would be aiding in the â€œday to day operations of the CEC.â€
â€œThe email basically said that Miller was going to be our new deanâ€¦he is helping our director [Ibrahim Naeem] with everything over at the CEC,â€ said Hamman in an interview.
Miller explained he was not the CEC dean. â€œIâ€™m just helping Mr. Naeem out with delegating how things work at the CEC,â€ he said. Miller also said Vice President of Instruction Robert Bell was originally going to be in charge of the CEC. â€œDr. Bell already has a full plate, so he asked me to help him,â€ Miller said.
Miller had no comment on why Hodge was put on administrative leave. â€œI believe it is a personal matter, but you can ask the General Counsel Ms. Cooper, if youâ€™d like, but she will probably tell you the same,â€ he said.
Bell also had no understanding as to why Hodgeâ€™s employment contract was not renewed. â€œIâ€™m still relatively new here,â€ said Bell. He explained he was asked to help the CEC with its day to day duties, but considering he is already the acting dean for the E&T Workforce Development and Business divisions, he asked Miller to take over the duties.
â€œI donâ€™t know why Mr. Hodge was put on administrative leave, but Mr. Miller has been doing an outstanding job in assisting Mr. Naeem in the CECâ€™s day to day activities,â€ said Bell.