Supporters of former Director of Student Life Leslie Thomas showed up in force Friday to protest her firing during a Board of Regents meeting.
Thomas was fired a week ago after 26 years at the university, and students have taken to the streets of campus and social media to protest and demand answers.
Thomas has said she worked for seven different supervisors with no issues and no poor evaluations, until two new administrators — Lorenzo Esters, vice president of student success and enrollment management, and Jacqueline Gibson, assistant vice president of student success and enrollment management — arrived at KSU.
“On a daily basis, I was harassed, disrespected, discriminated against and faced hostility,” she wrote in the statement to the media Monday.
The university does not typically comment on personnel matters, but determined it was necessary given the uproar.
“The university certainly regrets that it had to take the action to terminate the employee,” university officials said in the statement.
“However, all employees, regardless of length of tenure at the university, are subject to the directives of those in supervisory positions.”
The State Journal will post more details as they are available.