Professor rehired after being fired for comments

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) - A Northwest Arkansas Community College adjunct professor will get his job back after being fired last week for comments he made about a county judge.

Professor Terry Phillips made the comments about County Judge Dave Bisbee to a local newspaper on April 22, two days after Bisbee was arrested on misdemeanor charges related to his actions as a judge. Phillips, who teaches business law, told the newspaper he was "appalled" that Bisbee had not resigned.

Bisbee's wife is a member of the college's board of trustees.

Phillips says his supervisor told him last Monday that he would not be teaching classes at the college in the fall, citing an ethics violation. But an e-mail sent Thursday between the college's president and 1 of its vice presidents indicated Phillips would be offered a contract for the fall.

Information from: Northwest Arkansas Times, http://www.nwanews.com/times/

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