NEW ORLEANS - More than a month after her leaving as chair of the nursing department at Our Lady of Holy Cross College, which led a flurry of fellow employees to quit their jobs in protest, the college on Tuesday announced the reinstatement of Patricia Prechter.
Prechter left the school’s Algiers campus in April, though there were questions by some in the school community about whether she had resigned voluntarily, as school leaders said, or had been removed as nursing department chair and the college’s chief academic officer.
In a statement Tuesday, Kyle France and Dennise Sauvage, the chair and vice chair of the Board of Regents of the college, announced Prechter’s reinstatement as chair of the Department of Nursing and Allied Health at the College.
“We are pleased with today’s announcement. Over the last many weeks we have heard the feedback and have appreciated the insight and ideas concerning the future of the Nursing program at Our Lady of Holy Cross College. We unite today to celebrate the future of our College and its award-winning Nursing program,” said France in the statement.
In April, Prechter confirmed that she had asked to step down from her position as college provost, but Ambrosetti said he interpreted that as a full resignation (from both that job and as head of the nursing department) and told Prechter to leave within 24 hours.
More than a half dozen other professors resigned as a result of her departure – representing more than a third of the nursing school’s full-time faculty.
“I don't feel like I can work with an administration that would do this to a program that has been so successful,” said faculty member Marie McGregor in a WWL-TV interview May 8.
Faculty members also issued a vote of no confidence in the college’s president, saying his actions left the nursing school in imminent danger of failing because so many faculty members have left.
In the statement issued Tuesday, Prechter, who has taught at the school since 1982, thanked the university community for its support.
“Your support has been overwhelming and will always be remembered. I look forward to getting back into the office and continuing to nurture, educate and mentor our students in the Department of Nursing and Allied Health at Our Lady of Holy Cross College. I am confident that working with our faculty, administration and community partners, we will continue to take this award-winning program into new frontiers,” she said.