- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 5, 2014

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The ousted president of Santa Fe Community College will receive a $500,000 settlement from the college to resolve what she contended was a wrongful termination.

A joint statement issue says Ana “Cha” Guzman” will receive the settlement in exchange for dropping claims against the college for the college board’s December decision to fire her. She had been put on leave a month earlier, with both actions being approved by 3-2 votes by the board.

The statement issued Tuesday night says the sides want to put the dispute behind them rather than engage in protracted litigation.

Critics had said Guzman’s style and actions generated strife within the college’s staff, while her supporters said she met resistance with efforts to cut waste and improve the college’s performance.

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