The mysterious departure of Frederico Talley, the first black president of Frederick Community College, has been surrounded by questions since being announced Jan. 3.
Now, the NAACP wants answers.
Guy Djoken, president of the Frederick County chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, sent a letter to the school’s board of trustees on Jan. 31, asking for a meeting to discuss the reasons behind Talley’s “abrupt departure.”
“Due to the public nature of FCC, the public interest on this particular issue and the lack of clarity from your board, we believe the requested meeting will provide us with knowledge that the community is waiting for to move forward,” the NAACP wrote in the letter sent to the trustees in care of board Chairwoman Dixie Miller.
Miller said Tuesday that scheduling a meeting was “in the works,” but declined to comment further. Djoken confirmed that the two sides were working to set something up.
In a statement, the college said it would contact the NAACP directly to arrange a meeting, rather than working through the media.
“We value the important work of the NAACP and respect the organization as a community partner,” the statement said. “We realize that many in our community have interest in Dr. Talley’s departure. We hope to provide more information when discussions between our board and Dr. Talley conclude.”
FCC spokesman Mike Pritchard said attorneys for the college and Talley were still finalizing an agreement on his departure — discussions that Pritchard said would hopefully be resolved soon.
Talley’s attorney, Raymond Cotton of the Washington, D.C., law firm Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, could not be reached for comment.
Talley was introduced as FCC’s president in March and officially took over July 1. His departure was announced following a special closed meeting of the board on Jan. 3.
School officials have been virtually silent on the reasons for the departure.
Pritchard has said Talley neither resigned nor was fired from his post, but the college has otherwise declined to comment, except to call Talley’s departure a “personnel matter” between him and the board.
Talley’s three-year contract came with a $180,000-a-year salary, but no announcement has been made on how the financial issue would be resolved.