Saturday, June 23, 2018
Education

Administrator ousted from USF Poly reaches deal over 'political' firing

TAMPA — An administrator who challenged his firing from the University of South Florida's former Lakeland campus has reached a settlement with the university, his attorney said.

Josh Bresler, who led the budget office at USF Polytechnic, was among staffers the university recommended in May for dismissal after an investigation into spending and employment culture.

He said the firing was "political" and fought it. At the time, there was a move in the Legislature to break off the campus from USF. An independent university was created July 1.

This week, Bresler's attorney said in a statement that the university agreed to pay Bresler's salary from May 14 until the day the USF lost control over the campus and Bresler resigned. No monetary value of the deal was given.

"I feel vindicated, and I thank all those both inside and outside of USF who encouraged me to defend my good name," Bresler said in the statement.

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