Correction: The Daily Beacon intitally reported that the letter was from Chancellor Cheek. The story below has been corrected to reflect the fact that the letter came from Provost Susan Martin. 

A letter from Provost Susan Martin and courtesy of Chancellor Jimmy Cheek delivered to Gary Sousa on Thursday formally "removed" Sousa as the Director of Bands for the Pride of the Southland Marching Band, beginning March 31.

Sousa will retain his position as a tenure track professor.

On that date, Sousa will also lose his WJ Julian Fellow Endowment, in addition to the stipend accompanying the endowment, a sum amounting to $15,000.

No longer holding a 12-month administrative appointment, Sousa's base salary will also decrease by 25 percent.

Sousa will now earn $105,000 per year beginning April 1 after formerly making $155,000 per year.

The chancellor's decision came as a result of Sousa's actions in October 2013, during which the former director failed to address concerns regarding recent university changes in "the normal professional manner."

Cheek also cited the deterioration of the director's relationship with "key" university officials in the letter, negating Sousa's ability to "serve effectively as Director of Bands."

This article will continue to update as information develops.


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