Sonoma State president retires after being placed on administrative leave for 'insubordination'

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Friday, May 17, 2024
Sonoma State president retires day after being put on leave
Sonoma State President Mike Lee has retired a day after being put on leave for an agreement he announced with pro-Palestinian student protesters.

ROHNERT PARK, Calif. (KGO) -- Sonoma State University President Mike Lee retired Friday morning, a day after being put on leave for "insubordination."

CSU Chancellor Mildred García said Lee announced an agreement with pro-Palestinian student protesters without proper approval.

In his original message, Lee endorsed student activism, protest and dissent.

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"None of us should be on the sidelines when human beings are subject to mass killing and destruction," Lee had said Tuesday in announcing that an Advisory Council of Students for Justice in Palestine was being established at Sonoma State.

Lee later apologized, saying he marginalized some students in an attempt to find agreement with others.

The CSU board has appointed Dr. Nathan Evans, the deputy vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, as acting president.

"I thank President Lee for his years of service to the California State University-starting at California State University, Sacramento-and to higher education overall. I wish him and his family well," Chancellor García said in a statement.

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