- David Alexander will step down as NNU President, effective May 31.
The NNU board of trustees was presented with a petition in mid-April calling for University President David Alexander's ouster. That came in response to the controversy that swirled around the lay off of tenured professor Thomas Oord. The professor's dismissal was part of a March layoff due to budget cuts, according to university officials, but supporters say Oord may have been targeted due to his beliefs, which included the acknowledgement of the theory of evolution.
NNU President David Alexander, in an open letter to students, conceded that communicating with Oord about the layoff via email "was not respectful." But that wasn't enough to tamp down the controversy.
This morning's Idaho Press-Tribune reports that the NNU board of trustees announced late Tuesday afternoon that it had accepted the resignation of Alexander, who had served as president for seven years and as a faculty member for more than two decades. The board named NNU Vice President of University Advancement Joel Pearsall to serve as president, beginning May 31, for up to two years.
Alexander helped hand out degrees to NNU's Class of 2015 at its spring commencement on May 9, his last major public appearance at the university.