Tannette Elie (D) resigned suddenly on October 10, 2022, after a nearly 20-year career at UW Parkside, without giving her two-weeks notice. This news comes at the heels of KCE successfully suing Elie and her boss, Chancellor Debbie Ford (D).
Earlier this year, after her promotion to Executive Director of University Relations, Parkside announced: “Elie, who is African American, is the first woman of color to hold such a position at UW-Parkside which she believes reflects the administration’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.”
Less than nine months later, however, Elie apparently doesn’t feel the same way. In her resignation letter, she says that she was treated unfairly, and disrespectfully, saying “It is also important to promote an environment of mutual respect to avoid an environment becoming toxic.” She seemingly complained of racism stating that she was “one of only two African American women on the cabinet.” She also complained that her job was too difficult and broad, and she didn’t have enough staff.
One of Elie’s responsibilities was to receive and fulfill public records requests. KCE is told that she was asked to resign when she denied a KCE public records request unlawfully, that resulted in us suing her and Ford successfully. We reached out to her on Linkedin to hear her side of the story and she quickly blocked us. Neither Chancellor Ford, the UW Board of Reagents, nor the UW-Systems President, Jay Rothman wanted to comment about the serious allegations levied against Ford. Here is the thing, after Elie denied our requests, we asked Ford to reconsider herself, which she did and defended Elie’s decision.
We asked State Senator Van Waangard (R) to look into this issue and he ignored our email. With both democrats and republicans sticking up for our woke Universities doing things wrong, it is unlikely that this problem will be fixed anytime soon.