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North Idaho community college president fired

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho (AP) — The board of trustees of a northern Idaho community college has fired the school’s president in what a board member who opposed the move called it 100% retaliation.

The board, with a 3-2 vote on Wednesday, fired Rick MacLennan, ending his five-year term. Board chairman Todd Banducci and two other board members did not explain their vote to fire MacLennan.

The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities is investigating whether the college is still eligible for accreditation following complaints against Banducci for unprofessional conduct.

Board member Christie Wood said the dismissal was in retaliation for the complaints.

“(MacLennan) did nothing wrong here, it’s 100% retaliation against a great president,” Wood said.

“Mr. Banducci, you bullied me for a long time and you’re doing it again,” MacLennan said during the reunion.

Lita Burns, vice president of instruction, was named acting president.

“The fact that there are personality differences is not a reason to fire the president,” said board member Ken Howard, who backed MacLennan.

MacLennan will receive 12 months of salary and benefits. His annual salary is approximately $223,000.