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Administrator to lead UDC after president's firing

Friday - 12/21/2012, 1:59pm  ET

WASHINGTON - The University of the District of Columbia has appointed a longtime administrator to lead the university until an interim president is named.

The university's board of trustees announced the appointment of Rachael Petty on Friday. The board expects to name an interim president by mid-January.

Allen Sessoms was fired as president of the district's only public university on Wednesday night following a lengthy, closed-door meeting by the board. He had been president since 2008.

Sessoms' attorney has told The Washington Post that Sessoms was fired without cause and is owed a full year's salary of $295,000. Attorney Elliott Adler also says Sessoms will not contest the board's decisions.

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