College of the Mainland officials remain quiet on professor’s termination

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by CHRISTOPHER SMITH GONZALEZ / The Daily News

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Posted on June 6, 2013 at 10:36 AM

Updated Thursday, Jun 6 at 10:36 AM

TEXAS CITY, Texas — It is not a law that is blocking College of the Mainland officials from stating why they are seeking the termination of tenured professor David Michael Smith, but the college’s practice.

College of the Mainland President Beth Lewis has said in the past that she was legally prohibited from stating the cause for seeking Smith’s termination. But the college’s attorney said in an email that it was the college’s practice “not to comment on pending employment or litigation matters.”

Smith has taught at the college for 15 years and was informed in May of a Level 4 discipline action, which is a request for termination that must be voted upon by the board of trustees.

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