(7-10-19) Several media sources are reporting today that Wright State University’s Lake Campus Dean Jay Albayyari was asked to resign in a June 13th letter from Wright State President Cheryl Schrader.
The letter and several emails between Albayyari and provost Sue Edwards were obtained by the Dayton Daily News through a public records request.
Schrader’s concerns in the letter included:
“serious concerns” regarding the dean’s “interactions with Lake Campus personnel”
“climate” created by Albayyari’s “management style.”
“I no longer have confidence that you can comport yourself in the manner necessary to successfully and professionally represent the university in the position of Dean of Lake Campus. As you know pursuant to your contract, your appointment is at the pleasure of the President. Therefore, I am asking you to submit your resignation.”
Albayyari is still in the employment of the school and will return to a faculty position at the Lake Campus after December 31st. He is currently on paid leave to prepare to return to the classroom. Albayyari who was paid a $116,951 salary as Dean will now be paid at a lower faculty scale.
Albayyari to Edwards in a June 8 email.
“Like I said several times I understand Higher Ed administration well. I have been doing it successfully for the past 13 years. If the president and you do not approve of my management style I will not resist if you wish for me to step down as we all make decisions to better WSU.”
In other emails to Edwards he said he would not make –
“any public statements or contact the media.”
“allow the new leadership to run the campus.”
The university plans to initiate a search for the campus’s next dean this fall.