Amarillo College VP resigns following nepotism policy review

Published: May. 7, 2016 at 2:21 AM CDT|Updated: Jul. 18, 2016 at 6:19 PM CDT
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AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - For more than two decades, Ellen Robertson Green has been a prominent administrator at Amarillo College -- but on Friday she's putting all of it behind her.

She resigned from her post as Vice President of Communication and Marketing and CEO of the college's Panhandle P-B-S. The decision to resign is something Robertson Green describes as an emotional one to make.

"It was a huge decision to make and it was one that I had to really think about and concentrate on," said Robertson Green. "I just know it's the right thing for the college and for me."

And the school is also sad to see her go.

"Much of the success of Amarillo College is due to Ellen work and we're very sad she decided to leave and go a different direction," said Amarillo College Vice President of Employee and Organizational Development Lyndy Forrester. "We will continue to see benefits of her good work."

The resignation comes after the college reviewed their nepotism policy. For almost a year, Robertson Green's daughter, Natalie Jackson, was the senior digital producer for the college-run Panhandle P-B-S who performed her duties remotely from New York City -- Robertson Green was the C-E-O.

"When we hired Natalie we did not believe at that time that it violated any of our policies," said Forrester. "However, in reviewing out polices, re-interpreting and really trying to do a good job of following our polices, we determined that it did."

Jackson was let go from her job on Friday which ultimately led to Robertson Green resigning.

Forrester says the College has identified at least six potential cases of nepotism in total and has remedied three so far. Forrester also adds it's going to take some time to decide who will take over Robertson Green's post.

"Right now, Chris Hays who was the manager of Panhandle PBS will fill in for Ellen on an interim basis until we decide what our next steps will be," said Forrester.

One her first day without a job, Robertson Green says she will take this time to review what her next steps will be as well.

"I'm very excited about it, of course I'm going to continue to work," said Robertson Green. "I'm still young and I've got a lot of good years ahead of me to work. I've gotten two calls today about jobs, so we'll see what happens."

Robertson Green adds she does not have any ill feelings toward AC and hopes the school will continue to succeed.

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