[Ed. – The well-fed Jarrar taunted critics on Twitter by claiming that makes $100K a year and is tenured. But according to Provost Lynette Zelezny, “There are certainly situations where a tenured professor can be fired.”
The publicity firestorm over a Fresno State professor’s inflammatory Twitter outburst following the death of former first lady Barbara Bush has some donors rethinking their financial support for the Valley’s largest university.
But others say that while they consider English professor Randa Jarrar’s social media declarations on Tuesday that Bush was “a generous and smart and amazing racist” to be an embarrassment to the university, they remain steadfast in their commitment to Fresno State.
Given the hot-button nature of the controversy, communications specialists say the university is doing the best it can to limit the public-relations damage and sooth tempers. Still, on social media, on radio airwaves and elsewhere, people have voiced the opinion that donors should stop making donations to the university and demanded that Jarrar be fired.
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Fresno State President Joseph Castro said he’s been inundated with calls from community leaders expressing their outrage over Jarrar’s tweets, but as of Thursday none had threatened to close up their checkbooks if Jarrar isn’t terminated.