The president of the District's only public university was fired Wednesday night.

After meeting in closed session for four hours, the board of trustees of the University of the District of Columbia announced that they had terminated the contract of Allen Sessoms, The Washington Post first reported.

Sessoms has been president of UDC for more than four years. Board Chairwoman Elaine Crider said that in light of challenges facing the university, the trustees decided to move in a different direction. She declined to elaborate.

The university is in the midst of a "right-sizing" plan that is expected to result in the dozens of layoffs of staffers and faculty next month. The move, designed to stabilize the school's finances, comes as UDC's community college transitions to become an independent school.

Last year, Sessoms came under scrutiny when reports surfaced that he regularly flew first-class on university business, racking up big expense reports for last-minute travel.