On Friday, the Nevada Higher Education System Board of Trustees will consider a separation agreement between the board and system President Melotti Ross. Agenda. If approved, the agreement will take effect immediately.

During her brief term as prime minister – she Appointed in June 2020 – Ross got into an argument with two high-ranking regents. The chancellor lodged a hostile workplace complaint with the system’s office of general counsel in October 2021, alleging regent harassment, nevada independent reportRoss said the behavior was based on the regent’s political views and her gender. She noted that her salary is lower than that of the presidents of the University of Nevada in Las Vegas and the University of Reno.

The system hired a law firm to investigate. In February, The company released a report Says investigators can’t substantiate Rose’s allegations of a hostile work environment based on gender or substantiate her claims of retaliation. The law firm said some of Ross’ allegations reflected an “inappropriate professional environment,” but there was no evidence the board members had broken any laws. Investigators believe political disagreements, including around efforts to ease Covid-19, may have contributed to the poor relationship between the chancellor and the regent.

Ross’ allegations focus on two regents: Chairman Cathy McAdoo and Vice Chairman Patrick R. Carter. The Prime Minister expressed disappointment at the “erratic direction” of McAdoo’s Covid-19 policy on the system.

The chairwoman “seems to often make decisions based on God’s dictates.”

“On Covid: The chair has been inconsistent, indecisive, and tried to push the blame for inaction on me and my team, sometimes calling me a blocker,” Ross wrote in the complaint. Directed to make a decision.”

McAdoo did not respond to interview requests, and neither did Ross. Carter declined to comment.This separation agreement Includes non-disparagement clauses that apply to Ross and Regents. If the agreement is approved, Ross will receive $610,000 in severance.

Faculty and staff on the Reno campus were surprised to learn that Ross would soon be resigning, said Amy Pason, faculty council president and associate professor of communications. In general, staff support the principal, she said.

“That leaves us with a big question mark about what’s going to happen next,” Parson said. “And we need leadership.”

Parson explained that this is a critical time for higher education in Nevada. During the pandemic, state legislatures have slashed higher education budgets, and many on campus are hopeful that funding will be restored. The Prime Minister is responsible for building relationships with state legislators and governors. “We’re also losing governorships,” she said.

Parson also chairs the system’s Senate Committee of Faculty Senate Chairs, which brings her closer to Ross than a typical faculty member.The Prime Minister has led a series of Parson-backed efforts such as Community College Workforce Training Council and Develop a new strategic planso Parson said she’s now worried about what will happen to them.

“There is no stability,” Parson said. That makes it less likely that faculty members who are concerned that their jobs will not be funded for an extended period of time remain in Reno, she said, adding: “We’re seeing a lot of people quit.”