Eye On Boise

ISU emeritus prof who criticized Vailas fired

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) ― A professor emeritus at Idaho State University says he's been fired from his part-time job in the campus library after writing an opinion piece that was satirically critical of school president Arthur Vailas. Leonard Hitchcock told the Idaho State Journal (http://bit.ly/qPO7Yr ) he was given the news Thursday. University spokesman Mark Levine said administrators on the Pocatello campus would not be commenting on the firing, citing personnel issues. Hitchcock worked as an unpaid volunteer for five years before he went on the university library payroll in January, earning $11 an hour as acting head of special collections. He is not the first university employee to claim he was fired for publicly voicing his discontent with the Vailas administration. The Idaho Supreme Court upheld the dismissal of professor Habib Sadid in December.

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