The community college administrator fired earlier this month for a lost of purported transgressions is asking for an appeal.
Marty Parsons, the former senior vice president for administrative services and chief financial officer at Northwest Arkansas Community College, had filed an appeal to his firing. And he’s bringing a six-attorney law firm to the table with him.
This oughta get reeeeeeal interesting if some deeper facts begin to emerge as things progress.
A news account says that a memorandum signed by Paneitz in Parsons’ personnel file states he was counseled on issues including insubordination, failure to complete the college budget in a timely manner, inappropriate language and low morale in his department. Parsons was given 30 days to improve and “further inappropriate behavior could result in his termination.” In other words, it made the man look like some kind of loose cannon rolling wildly across the decks of the U.S.S. NWAC
Parsons was fired Aug. 1. Paneitz’s letter described nine matters discussed in a July 25 meeting between them. Lawyer Cate says Parsons received the memorandum with the nine issues for the first time on Aug. 1. Huh?
“Mr. Parsons was never given the opportunity to address the issues raised in the July 25 memo to file prior to his termination,” Cate writes. “It appears that Dr. Paneitz had a conflict of interest because she had not received a complete account of the issues discussed in the July 25 memo to file at the time she terminated Mr. Parsons.”
Well, if earlier responses to my opinion about Parson’s firing are any indication, there are some deep current running beneath the waves of this controversy. Some say parsons got what he earned while others say he was the most refreshing breath of fresh air at NWACC in years. Perhaps this appeal will shed some light on his performance and Paneitz’s management style — just for starters.