Just a little BG. I and many of my staff are involved in a state professional organization for college professionals. I have been on the executive board and highly involved in this organization for many years and typically pull many of my staff to conferences and encourage them to get more involved. Last year, we hired new staff and one of the staff I will call Dean came to us with some experience at another college and has had a little participation with the professional organization before, in fact he had been asked to serve on the conference committee for the Feb 2013 conference. I too was on the conference committee for Feb 2013. When we hired Dean, I shared that since I was already willing to pay for other staff to attend this conference that i would pay his as a staff member as well. The conference came and went, annual membership fees are included in each year's conference registrations, so I have paid for his membership to the PO for the next year. Due to some issues at the conference (not staying the whole time, disappearing) in addition to other problems with attendance at work and performance we let Dean go about a month ago. /BG
We are gearing up for the next year in this professional organization, Dean is listed as a member with my College and I know that there are some people in the org that know him. Any recommendation on how to deal with questions I know I will get about him. For those of you who work in Higher Education it is a very small world and people know one another and talk. I would appreciate a little guidance before the situation actually comes up.