English professor Gary Stringer will take a job at Texas A&M University and sociology professor Frank Glamser confirmed his retirement Monday.
Stringer joins the Texas A&M faculty on Sept. 1. He is doing research into poet John Donne, which is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Donne Variorum project, started in 1981, has brought over $1 million in grants to USM. The project will now be transferred to Texas A&M.
Glamser would not discuss his reasons for leaving Southern Mississippi, where he's taught for 24 years.
Thames suspended Glamser and Stringer with pay in March and started termination proceedings against them. An April termination hearing was cut short by a financial settlement under which USM is to pay Glamser and Stringer their current teaching salaries for two years.
Glamser and Stringer were targeted for termination after Thames claimed they acted inappropriately during an unauthorized investigation into the credentials of Angie Dvorak, USM's vice president of research and economic development.