CSUS told engineering dean to leave post in January

Emir Jose Macari was told in January to vacate his post as dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Sciences at Sacramento State, according to a letter obtained by The Sacramento Bee.

Macari’s departure has been cloaked in secrecy ever since he quietly went on administrative leave in December. California State University, Sacramento, for months has declined to comment on his situation because it is a personnel matter.

The Jan. 23 letter signed by Christine D. Lovely, vice president of human resources for CSUS, informed Macari that he would not be retained in his management position and that his status would be changed to faculty on March 1.

“From this date forward you are not to represent yourself as a dean,” Lovely wrote in January.

Macari, who served as dean of one of the university’s most prestigious programs since 2006, was replaced in February after being placed on leave in December. University officials have not provided details on the reasons behind his departure. In April, Macari told the Senate Rules Committee that he left his position voluntarily. He was being confirmed as a member of the Alfred E. Alquist Seismic Safety Commission, which investigates earthquakes and recommends policies to reduce risk.

The letter revealed that Macari’s leave was paid and that he was asked to meet a campus representative at his office in February to remove his personal belongings. University officials said they could not comment on the letter because it is a personnel matter.

Macari could not be reached for comment on this story.

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