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Jimmy Bruce to step down as EGCC president

STEUBENVILLE — The Jimmie Bruce era at Eastern Gateway Community College is officially over.

On Monday, Bruce announced he was “embarking on professional development leave” and would be stepping down as president on June 30.

Bruce had been on administrative leave since mid-January, when college trustees voted to terminate his employment “due to dereliction of duty and inappropriate management practices.” At the time, Chairman James Gasior had criticized him for a“lack of leadership, particularly over the last five months,” saying he hadn’t been “fully engaged with his cabinet, members of the board and what we consider our business partners” and claimed he’d failed to respond to requests for information and had left key administrative positions vacant.

The terms of the end-of-employment agreement requires the college to pay Bruce his full, $250,000 annual salary through June 30, 2021, the end of his “separation period.” That includes his 90-day professional development leave, which began March 31.

He’ll also receive full medical, dental and vision insurance benefits through the end of his separation period, along with $5,000 per year in his deferred compensation fund, a pre-tax benefit. The agreement also includes a non-disparagement clause and would be moot if he were to secure comparable employment.

It concluded with an acknowledgment that “the board and the entire EGCC community are grateful for the great progress made by the college under (Bruce’s) leadership and recognize his many accomplishments as president. We wish him every success in his future endeavors.”

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