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Fredrick Morgan II
Fredrick Morgan II

Longtime Edison State College employee Fredrick Morgan II was escorted off campus today, told not to return to a institution he’s spent the last 29 years serving.

“He was relieved of all duties,” said college spokeswoman Teresa Morgenstern, adding that policy prohibits school officials from discussing personnel matters.

Morgan was director of a scholarship program for at-risk students. The Help One Person Excel scholarships cover full-time tuition, mandatory fees and textbooks, plus provide a stipend of $1,000 per semester.

Morgan and his supervisor, Christine Davis, have been disputing the program’s effectiveness. Davis, vice president for student affairs, said only 15.4 percent of HOPE recipients earn their associate’s degree in two years. Morgan says the rate is twice as high.

The two have been scrutinizing academic records for the past two weeks, but Morgan believes he’s out of a job now because he proved his boss wrong.

“She found out that her numbers were wrong,” Morgan said Wednesday night. “I went student by student, year by year.”

Morgan will receive his full salary and benefits through June 30, when his annual contract expires. Many Edison staff and administrators operate on annual contracts. Morgan was told last month that his contract would not be renewed, but was hoping to stay employed in a different role.

The HOPE program is being phased out, and will be replaced by a smaller Presidential Scholars program that will require students to maintain a 3.0 grade point average, volunteer with a local organization, complete an internship and fulfill other requirements.

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