The Community College of Philadelphia Board of Trustees on Thursday voted to terminate President Stephen M. Curtis without cause and to pay him $286,000 - a full year of salary and benefits, as prescribed in his contract.
Earlier this week, the college announced that Curtis who led the nearly 40,000-student college since 1999, would be leaving in September, more than two years before the expiration of his contract. They had declined to say whether he resigned or was forced out.
At the meeting, the board approved an “employment action” regarding the president after discussing the matter in private session. Board Chair Matt Bergheiser, executive director of the University City District, initially declined to say what the action was.
But pressed by The Inquirer for details, college spokeswoman Linda Wallace later said: “The board terminated his contract without cause.”