New Mexico professor against vax, mask mandates fired
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico State University professor who publicly opposed campus vaccine and mask mandates will no longer be teaching there.
The Las Cruces Sun-News reports David Clements, a business college professor, posted on his social media account on the Telegram platform that he had been “terminated.”
The university confirmed Monday that Clements was “no longer employed by NMSU.”
The professor, who was on track for tenure, had been suspended since August over public declarations that he would not abide by any COVID-19 vaccine or mask mandate. He also said the would urge others to do the same.
During a meeting among administrators last week, Provost Carol Parker recommended that Clements be fired for endangering the public’s safety and disrupting a learning environment. Parker said his refusal was essentially a breach of contract.
Clements argued masking and vaccine policies were illegal. He also disputed scientific opinion on the benefits of the vaccine and wearing masks.
The former New Mexico deputy district attorney’s advocacy had drawn complaints from students.
While suspended, Clements also stirred controversy traveling to advocate for audits of the 2020 presidential election.
An online fundraiser for him has raised more than $280,000 so far.