The Delaware State University board of trustees yesterday voted 11-1, with one abstention, to extend the contract of President Allen L. Sessoms through June 2009.
The vote was taken after a 1 1/2-hour executive session, and without accepting public comment. During the public comment phases, held about an hour after the vote, a professor, a student and a representative from the school’s clerical union expressed disappointment in the contract renewal.
The Board also approved a $40,339 salary increase for Sessoms raising this annual salary to $250,000.
Among Mr. Sessoms accomplishments are increaseing enrollment, establishing two new doctoral programs, and outside grants from $8 million to $30 million.
Trustee Norman Oliver, who cast the lone dissenting vote, said he could not vote for Sessoms because of concerns that the president’s actions have compromised the legacy of DSU as a historically black university, including his decisions not to hire minority candidates for vice president positions.