KSU fired Mrs. Leslie Thomas Friday, October 17, 2013. She was called to a "fake" meeting by Dr. Esters and in walked HR Director, General Council. Dr. Esters told Mrs. Thomas that today was her last day and that her services were on longer needed, clean out your office immediately. Mrs. Thomas being the professional as always asked why; the HR Director, Gary Meiseles stated the the University was an "at will" institution.
What was the reason?? Mrs. Thomas has been a dedicated and loyal employee with KSU for 25 years and has never been written up until Dr. Esters brought in Jacqueline Gibson. Then she ended up taking Ms. Thomas's office that she had made a student friendly area for 25 years. She was told to move is the smallest office available, Mrs. Thomas was still professional. Mrs. Thomas worked long hours, weekends and nights. Organizing varied events, speakers, plays, talent shows, Homecoming parade and coronation and also community service (New Orleans and West Liberty). In her eyes the Students are first, from staying with them in the hospital until family arrives to taking gifts for all occasions-new Moms, food and comfort during down times.
KSU has slapped Mrs. Thomas right in the face, they rewarded her dedication and loyalth with termination. Dr. Esters and Jackie Gibson have been working for months to make Mrs. Thomas quit. She even filed a grievance for harrassment and the grievance committee, 2 secretaries and an administrative counselor, denied her greivance. She would never think of quitting no matter what they put her through. She loves her students and their newly enrolled children way too much. Not too long ago she was offered a promotion but decided not to accept it because she would not be interactive with her KSU students.
An investigation was supposed to be implemented at KSU for hiring Administrators at high salaries, Mrs. Thomas has been the lowest paid Director in all her 25 years of employment. Again, why was Mrs. Thomas let go when Dr. Lorenzo Esters applied for a new job and was not accepted just a week or so ago. Why didn't they let him go--where is his loyalty and dedication?? Mrs. Thomas was ELECTED as Staff Regent, It makes you wonder if they didn't want Regent Thomas to attend the upcoming Board Meeting, the one who has been standing up for University staff.
It was uncanny that Dr. Sias was "out of town" Dr. Esters and Jackie Gibson disappeared after Mrs. Thomas' termination....If Esters was soooo confident of his decision why did he have KSU police sneak him out the back door of the student center? Video available on Facebook. KSU should be ashamed, promising no furloughs or terminations, but there have been many to bring in high dollar administrators. They have just about "let go" all the loyal Rocks of KSU. The new pebbles are going to destroy KSU.
I will continue as events unfold.........