A special meeting was called Thursday evening in the President’s Office by the Independence Community College Board of Trustees in which the only item on the agenda was an executive session for discussion of a personnel issue pursuant to the non-elected personnel exception KSA 75-4319(b)(1). 

The special meeting was called following the recent issue of a text message between ICC Head Football Coach Jason Brown and a German student-athlete, Alexandros Alexiou, in which the coach was said to have used derogatory language. 

As reported by the Montgomery County Chronicle, Alexiou stated Brown texted him to come and see him due to disciplinary points Alexiou had acquired. During the exchange, Brown allegedly referred to the student athlete as a German (expletive) telling him Brown was his "new Hitler." Alexiou was subsequently suspended from the team. Alexiou told the Chronicle, “He was disturbed by Brown’s texts, especially the reference ‘I’m your new Hitler.’” 

IDR has reviewed a screen shot of the text conversation which is circulating on social media.

The trustees called for executive session immediately following the meeting call to order. Those invited to the executive session included all trustees, VP of Student Affairs Tammie Geldenhuys, Compliance Officer Jessica Morgan-Tate, Interim Human Resources Director Michelle Kleiber, college attorney Jeff Chubb and ICC President Dan Barwick. Six 30-minute executive sessions were called until the meeting was finally adjourned with no action taken. When asked for comment, Trustee Chair Val DeFever and Barwick both declined.

The 2017-2018 ICC Pirate football team and Brown were featured in the Netflix series “Last Chance U.” The college and controversial coach were the feature of season three of the series that followed the team’s race to attempt to earn a top spot in the junior college football ranks. Netflix recently concluded filming season four, which follows ICC again, and is due for release later this year.

IDR will continue to follow the story.