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OU Dean: Removed from position in 'retaliation'

Posted at 5:15 AM, Jan 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-22 10:19:33-05

NORMAN — The Dean of International Studies at the University of Oklahoma says she was removed from her position.

In a tweet posted Monday, Dr. Suzette Grillot wrote: "After many months of trying to prevent the new administration from minimizing international education at the university and significantly reducing support for study abroad, global awareness, international student services, and multicultural inclusion, President Gallogly and Provost Harper terminated my position as Dean."

Dr. Grillot said she spoke out on the OU Board of Regents' process for replacing former OU President David Boren. She said she has been removed from her position in "retaliation for being outspoken."

She said on Twitter that she will remain as a tenured professor in the Department of International and Area Studies.

Dr. Grillot also posted an email she said she received after her original tweet.

Dr. Grillot's biography on the university's website said she has been dean since 2012 and she was "integrally involved" in the creation of the international studies college.

The university has not released a statement on the issue.

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