Brian Carroll was trying to help out a homeless student when he offered him a place to stay during freezing cold weather, but it wound up costing him his job.
Carroll has been the campus president at Vatterott College in Kansas City, Missouri for the last five years. On Friday, January 6th, he allowed a student, who is reportedly homeless and schizophrenic, to stay overnight in the school’s library to escape the freezing temperatures. That night it was supposed to hit four degrees below zero, and previously the student had been sleeping in a wooded area near the school.
Surveillance cameras, which can be viewed remotely from Vatterott’s Saint Louis-based management team, prove that the student didn’t steal or damage anything in the library. But still Carroll was fired once administrators found out what he had done. The following Monday, he was let go.
“Education is a beautiful thing to me,” Carroll, who is originally from California and has worked in education for 35 year, told FOX 4 News. “But sometimes, it gets destroyed in the process.”
When questioned about the incident, a Vatterott spokeswoman told Inside Higher Ed that college policy precluded her from commenting on a personal matter. Vatterott College is a for-profit institution.