SFA Releases Jeter Documents

Following an attorney general's ruling, Stephen F Austin State University has released documents concerning the resignation of former SFA associate vice president for alumni affairs Jim Jeter. He submitted his resignation last summer, but some alumni board members contend that he was forced out.

A memo addressing issues of concern with Jeter's performance was released, as well as a copy of his severance agreement. The June memo was from the alumni association executive committee and was copied to Jeter and SFA President Dr. Baker Patillo. It listed business and travel expenses as concerns since 2005. Campus credibility issues included that Patillo doesn't acknowledge Jeter and their relationship might affect the Alumni Association.

Despite the criticisms, all but two of the 19 alumni board members voted in favor of keeping Jeter, but in August Jeter signed a severance agreement. Following his resignation, he received two months of administrative leave with pay, vacation pay and two equal payments of $11,000-each. In the agreement, Jeter wouldn't publicly criticize SFA. Some board members voiced opinions that Jeter was forced to resign.