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Letter from Celine McArthur about FSCJ leadership

Letter from Celine McArthur about FSCJ leadership

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Letter sent by Celine McArthur to the governor and Florida State College of Jacksonville leadership alleging ethical breaches at the college.
Letter sent by Celine McArthur to the governor and Florida State College of Jacksonville leadership alleging ethical breaches at the college.

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Published by: The Florida Times-Union on May 01, 2012
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Coline
McArthur
AssociateVicePresident,StrategicCommunicationsfloridaStateCollegeatjacksonville
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Date:March26,2012Dr.StevenvVallaceCollegePresident
FloridaStateCollegeatJacksonville501WestStateStreetJacksonville,FL
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Dear
Dr.Wallace:Theinformation
I
mpresentinginthisletterisnotnewstoyou.I'vediscussedthesedisturbingdiscoverieswithyou,withDr.
Tracy
PierceandindividualmembersofCabinetoverthecourseofmytenureatfloridaStateCollege
at.Iacksonville.As
a
result,theissuescontinuetoexist,however,myabilitytocommunicateopenlywiththemedia,Cabinet,theBoardofTrustees,faculty,staffandstudentshasbeensystematicallyrestrictedasevidencedbytheincludeddocumentsandemails.
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\Theevidencealsosupportsmybeliefthatmymediaexpertise
was
used
to
findoutwhatyou-andsomeofyourCabinetmembers-neededtoknowtoconcealtheseissuesfromthepublic,ratherthancorrectthem.MyconcernsoriginatedinAugust2010,whentheDistrictBoardofTrusteesapprovedtheplantoawardsignificantpayincreasestomembersofyourCabinet.Whenmediarepresentativesinquiredaboutthisdecision,Dr.PierceandDr.Christine
Arab
directedmetoinformthemediathatHumanResourcesbasedtheindividualpayincreasesonamethodologythatcomparedCabinetpositionstoothersacrossthestate.However,
I
was
prohibitedfromreviewingthemethodologybeforeIaddressedtheFloridaTimes-UnionforastorythatwaspostedonSeptember13,2010,anddespitemycontinuedrequests,
I
was
prohibitedfromreviewingthemethodologyforanadditional
27
daysafterthestorybroke.
The
onlyinformation
I
waspermittedtohaveprior
to
myresponsetothemedia
was
onasinglesheetofpaperhandedtomebyDr.Arab.Aphotoofthatsheetispaper-whichincludesthedatehandwrittenbyDr.Arab-isincludedbelowforyour
review.
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I'veprovideda
link
to
theresultingTimes-Unionarticlebelow.
In
addition,IhaveattachedthemethodologyIwaseventuallyprovidedbyDr.Arabforyoutoreview-again.
TU:
Bigsalaryboostsfor
FSCJ
administrators:Thegoal
was
to
keep-salaries
competitive,acollegeofficialsays.http://iacksonville.com/news/metro/2010-09-13/story/flarida-state-cellege-administrators-get-salary-boos
ts
IwouldliketoknowifthemethodologypacketofinformationI
was
providedbyDr.ArabisthesamepacketofinformationtheBoardofTrusteeswasprovided
to
makethisfinancialdecision.
If
theyweregivensomethingelsetoreview,Iwasdeniedthatinformation.
/
Accordingtothesummarydocument(page#1ofthepacket),themethodology
was
basedon"like"positionsandyearsofexpenence.However,thedescriptionsofthe
FSCJ
Cabinetpositions,thedescriptionsofthe"like"positionsfromtheother
 
CollegesandtheyearsofexperiencefromtheotherCollegeswerenotincluded-onlytitlesanddollarfigures.Thismethodologyalsodidn'tincludetotalcompensationforthepositions,includingperformancepayandallowancesforhousingandautomobiles.TheabsenceofthisinformationwouldprecludetheBoa.rdfrommakingathoughtfulandfiscallyresponsibledecision.Inaddition,thesummaryexplainsthattherewere"threedifferentapproaches"thatwerediscussed
with
theCollegePresident.Thosethreeapproachesarenotexplained
in
thepacket.WasdieBoardinformedofthosethreeapproaches?
If
so,whereisthedocumentation?
If
not,howdotheyknowtheapproachselectedwasthemostappropriate?Elevensalarieswereincreasedupto25.3%totaling$275,877.Remember,that'snotaone-timeboostanddoesn'tincludefuturecos
t
of
living
andperformancepayincreases.Additionally,there'sanoteatthebottomofthe"totaladjustment"grid,thatstates:"additionalsignificantresponsibilities
in
economicdevelopment,"Logically,thatwouldapplytoVicePresidentofStudentSuccessandEconomicDevelopmentTracyPierce,whoreceiveda16.8%increase($25,174).Remember,theBoardapprovedtheraisesonAugust7,2010.However,sometimebetweenMarch2010andAugustof2010,Dr.Pierce'spositionchangedto"VicePresidentofStudentDevelopment.andCommunityEducation."EconomicDevelopmentwasdropped.Tomyknowledge,therewasnofOIIDa!announcementregardingDr.Pierce'snewroleandresponsibilities,althoughmyemailrecordsshowthathisemailsignaturechangednolaterthanAugust4,201O-threedaysbeforetheBoardvotedonthepayincreases.BecauseIdonothavefreeaccesstoarchivedBoardagendasandCabinetmeetings,Iamunabletodetermine
if
orwhenthissignificantjobchangewasapprovedbytheBoard-oratleastrelatedtotheTrusteespriortotheAugust7,2010Boardmeetingwheretheraiseswereapproved.Todate,thepositionandjobdescriptionfor"VicePresidentofStudentDevelopmentandCommunityEducation"isnotlistedontheinternalhumanresourceswebsite.
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