The former president of Georgia Perimeter College filed a lawsuit against the school Wednesday afternoon, alleging a breach of his contract and falsification of essential records, ultimately leading to his dismissal.
Dr. Anthony Tricoli served as president at the college from 2006 to 2012. During that time, enrollment doubled from just over 13,000 to 27,000, and the college grew from three campuses to five. Tricoli said 100 new faculty members were also hired during his tenure.
"I love that college," said Tricoli. "All I ever wanted to do was be the president at Georgia Perimeter College."
In the 76-page lawsuit filed in DeKalb County Superior Court on Wednesday, Tricoli seeks damages and relief based on the actions carried out by his colleagues to prevent him from having full knowledge of the college's financial situation. He was dismissed in May 2012.
"Was I blindsided? Absolutely yes, I was blindsided," said Tricoli. "I was totally shocked that people I had trusted and believed in to provide me factual information would lie to me over a three-year period of time."
Leaders at Georgia Perimeter College declined comment on the lawsuit, directing all questions to the state Attorney General's Office. When asked for comment, they said it is their policy not to talk about pending litigation.
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