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MiraCosta College president negotiates $1m buyout


MiraCosta College’s embattled president Victoria Munoz Richart has negotiated a buyout worth at least $1 million that will see her employment end June 30.

The agreement came Wednesday morning after a marathon overnight meeting, in which all seven trustees of the community college signed a settlement agreement granting Richart a deal that includes $650,000 in “damages.” The actual total may be much higher.

The settlement prohibits trustees from discussing its details, from giving opinions about the agreement or of Richart’s performance during her three-year tenure leading the 10,000-student college which has campuses in Oceanside and Cardiff.

An acting president was not immediately named.

Richart has become a lightning rod for what critics say is a topdown management style. In December, about 70 percent of the faculty voted “no confidence” in Richart’s leadership.

Richart has come under fire for her handling of the investigation into the sale of palm trees by employees in the college’s horticulture department.

The negotiations were mediated by retired Superior Court Judge David Moon.

Associated Press

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