Panhandle PBS CEO resigns following nepotism allegations

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An investigation of nepotism at Panhandle PBS licensee Amarillo College in Texas has led to the resignation of the station’s chief executive officer after the dismissal of her daughter.

CEO Ellen Robertson Green resigned May 6 after Natalie Jackson, a senior digital producer for the station, was terminated, according to the Amarillo Globe-News.

“I just know it’s the right thing for the college and for me,” Robertson Green told local CBS affiliate KDFA. She was also the college’s v.p. of communication and marketing.

The newspaper’s investigation into nepotism at the two-year community college prompted the personnel actions. Jackson was hired last August and worked remotely from New York City for an annual salary of $50,000.

“When we hired Natalie we did not believe at that time that it violated any of our policies,” Lyndy Forrester, college v.p. of employee and organizational development, told KDFA. “However, in reviewing our policies, reinterpreting and really trying to do a good job of following our policies, we determined that it did.”

Green’s husband, David Green, also was hired last October by the university as director of corporate engagement, a new position at a salary of $70,000, according to the Globe-News. He remains employed by the college. An Amarillo College spokesperson said Green’s wife had no role in his hiring.