I felt extreme sorrow, angst, and sympathy for the professor who was denied tenure for unclear reasons. He received excellent student evaluations, was reliable, mixed well with students/colleagues/admins and accepted other duties as assigned without complaint.
I was reminded of Rashomon-Style stories where an identical event is given a different narrative by several individuals, and the accounts differ in ways that are impossible to make sense of or reconcile. For every person, there is a unique opinion, so the findings of Rashomon don’t come as a big surprise.
The aggrieved educator, named Drezner I believe, never really determined the reasons for his dismissal although it was probable that jealously, varying political views, and downright wickedness played a major role. Also the tenure committee surely had wildly varying accounts of Drezner’s skills as a teacher, completely consistent with the Rashomon phenomenon.