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Allen Sessoms fired as president of University of D.C.

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Dr. Allen Sessoms has been fired as president of the University of the District of Columbia.

The university's board of trustees announced the firing of Sessoms in a statement Wednesday night. The decision followed a four-hour closed-door meeting.

Sessoms had been president of UDC since September 2008. He served previously as president of the Delaware State University and Queens College.

The trustees said in their statement that they're seeking a new leader to guide the university through "the challenges of reducing staff and programs" while trying to attract new students.

In 2009, Sessoms reorganized UDC, creating a separate two-year community college and raising tuition and admission standards for four-year students.

There were concerns about how much was spent on his travel, his housing and other perks of the job.

The University says and interim president will be named soon, possibly by the end of the week. A temporary leader will be put in place next month while the school launches a nationwide search for a permanent successor.

"There were a lot of questions about the direction the university was heading and I guess the Board of Trustees had the same questions,” Mayor Gray said Thursday on NewsChannel 8’s News Talk.

The campus was quiet Thursday as many students have already taken their finals. But those who were there had heard the news.

“I think it's a good move for him to be removed or remove himself so either way its probably the best situation for the school,” says Juan Balfour, a student.

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