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College President says he is being let go unfairly

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A shake up at the White Earth Tribal & Community college as the school's President says the Board of Trustees is looking to terminate him.
The president says what they are doing is unfair and hurting the students.

 

 

Dr. Vincent Pellegrino has only been president of the White Earth Tribal and Community College for 5 months,
but says he's documented hundreds of pages of threatening emails and harassing facebook comments targeted at him.

"I don't know what I did," says Dr. Pellegrino.

Dr. Pellegrino says he was hired to turn the college around.

"This is a young college and I knew it had a decade long of troubles," says Dr. Pellegrino.

He says right now the college is on accreditation probation and to get it back on track, he removed some faculty members, that he says, were not doing their job.
That backfired.

"These people do not know me. Come talk to me face to face," says Dr. Pellegrino.

He says a lawyer called Thursday telling him he was to be terminated immediately.

"I have not done anything wrong. I have not yet been evaluated. What are we doing here?," says Dr. Pellegrino.

Dr. Pellegrino says if he is terminated he's not worried how it will affect him but how it will affect his students and the future of the college.

"If we go through another president the higher education will take the accreditation away, " says Dr. Pellegrino.

Meanwhile, the attorney for the college says what the Board of Trustees is trying to do is wrong.

"I don't understand how they can push out a guy trying to turn campus around," says Shirley Cain, Attorney for the White Earth Tribal and Community College.

She also worries for the students,

"If we lose are accreditation, the students don't get those credits," says Cain.

For Dr. Pellegrino, he says he will continue doing what he was hired to do until somebody forces him out.

"What will we tell the students. Please, lets put students first. It's not right," says Dr. Pellegrino.

Pellegrino has filed an appeal in tribal court.
The college's attorney says the Board of Trustees has also violated a couple of laws, which includes holding improper meetings.
We reached out to members of the Board of Trustees, but they did not return our calls.

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