(McMinnville, OR) -- Longtime Linfield University trustee Ronni Lacroute is resigning from the board in protest of the abrupt firing of an English professor who spoke critically of the university. Lacroute resigned yesterday, saying she could no longer serve on the Board of Trustees "in good conscience" following the firing of Daniel Pollack-Pelzner last Tuesday. Lacroute says she's "appalled" by Pollack-Pelzner's termination, calling him an "esteemed, brilliant and respected" professor who has sought to "bring deep-seated problems to light in order to help the Linfield community thrive." Pollack-Pelzner was fired after he denounced the university for not doing more to address allegations of sexual misconduct against four board members. He held the Ronni Lacroute Endowed Chair in Shakespeare Studies before his termination.