Patricia Prechter, Our Lady of Holy Cross College's chief academic officer and the leader of its nursing program, has left the Algiers, La., campus where she has worked since 1982, touching off a heated dispute about the circumstances of her departure and a call for her reinstatement.
Although College President Ronald Ambrosetti said in a statement that Prechter, 66, resigned voluntarily, nursing students contend that she was fired and have started an online petition drive to bring her back.
"She resigned. She was not fired in any way," college spokeswoman Linda Easterlin said Sunday (April 6). "It's very unfortunate that . . . misunderstandings have circulated."