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Kean board upholds tenure denial for 6 profs

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — Kean University trustees have unanimously upheld the denial of tenure to six professors.

The board deliberated about 90 minutes Saturday after hearing nearly three hours of pleas that the school administration’s recommendations be rejected.

The trustees did not explain their decision following the meeting in Toms River.

All six teachers were in their fifth year at the public university in Union Township.

Theater professor Anna DeMers was among those denied tenure. She called it disheartening that the trustees “can’t even share a single sentence.”

Kean Federation of Teachers president James Castiglione tells The Star-Ledger ( ) the layoffs will hurt the school’s academic programs.

President Dawood Farahi defended the recommendations last month. He said “a lifetime job in the state university system is not an entitlement, it has to be earned.”