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Hurley demotes UMW official
In his first day as acting president, Rick Hurley moves administrator from VP position to "number cruncher."

Date published: 4/1/2010


BY JEFF BRANSCOME


Khalil Yazdi, a University of Mary Washington administrator who was the subject of a state investigation, was demoted today.

Rick Hurley, who became UMW’s acting president for the second time today, announced that Yazdi had been “reassigned” in an e–mail to university employees.

Yazdi had been UMW’s vice president for information technologies and institutional research and chief information officer since August 2008.

He has been moved to the newly created position of associate vice president for institutional research. His $185,000 annually salary—the third highest at the university—won’t change.

“It’s a new position that we created at the beginning of this year but had not filled,” said Hurley, who served as executive vice president before yesterday.

He said Yazdi will oversee four computer analysts; he managed 35 employees in his previous job. Fifteen employees who worked for Yazdi left during his tenure, a UMW spokesman said.

Hurley wouldn’t elaborate on reasons for the reassignment, but he said it wasn’t because of the state investigation. The probe concluded that Yazdi purchased computer software without “reasonable competition.”

Yazdi’s employment contract expires June 30. Hurley said the university hasn’t made decisions about reappointing administrators for 2010–2011.

Nina Mikhalevsky will take over Yazdi’s original job on an interim basis. Yazdi will report to her.

Mikhalevsky will also replace Yazdi on the president’s executive cabinet.

She has been UMW’s acting provost and, most recently, professor of classics, philosophy and religion. Hurley said she will continue to teach one class this semester.

Mikhalevsky came to UMW in 2006 as vice president for strategy and planning. That job’s responsibilities included supervising the information technology department, Hurley said.

Neither Yazdi nor Mikhalevsky could be reached for comment yesterday.

Hurley said Yazdi’s new position involves “just your basic data analysis... number crunching.” That includes looking at the number of out-of-state students and majors in a particular subject.

Outgoing UMW President Judy Hample, who began her three-month sabbatical today, offered Yazdi his original job in 2008 and named him to her executive cabinet. She worked with Yazdi at the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, where she was chancellor. Hample’s resignation takes effect June 30, two years after she became UMW’s first female president.

For more on this story, please see Friday's Free Lance-Star.