SOU terminates JPR's Ron Kramer as of June 30

Jefferson Public Radio Executive Director Ron Kramer has been terminated by Southern Oregon University effective June 30.

“I'll confirm that Ron was given his 90-day notice,” said Steve Nelson, JPR Foundation president.

The termination does not affect Kramer's position as executive director of the JPR Foundation, the radio stations' fundraising arm.

SOU President Mary Cullinan gave Kramer the termination letter on Friday, Nelson said.

Nelson said the letter came after the foundation and Kramer agreed to hold mediation sessions with the university over Kramer's dual roles of executive director of the foundation and of the radio stations.

An Oregon University System audit determined that the university system was exposed to considerable liability by the close relationship between JPR, which operates the radio stations, and the foundation, its fundraising arm.

In particular, the audit cited a potential conflict of interest with Kramer's dual roles. It also deemed the financial risk to SOU as “high” should the issues not be resolved.

Nelson said the foundation and Kramer received a letter from the Portland firm of Miller Nash last week saying the state was prepared to take legal action against the foundation and Kramer.

“They advised Kramer to seek legal advice,” Nelson said.

Nelson said he hopes that Kramer will continue on as executive director for the foundation even as the university terminates his leadership of the radio stations.

-- Damian Mann

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