Vote of No confidence: MCC Board of Trustees May 29, 2008 Student Government Dan Elliot, President of the Brighton Student

Governance Association Matt Lawson, Speaker of the Brighton Student Governance Association Ambika Howell, President of Damon Student Governance Association CSEA Roberta McKechney, 1st Vice President of the CSEA Marilyn Christian, Treasurer of the CSEA Bess Watts, 3rd Vice President of the CSEA Faculty Association Charles Clarke, President of the Faculty Association John Wadach, Teaching Director of the Faculty Association Michael Goho, Contract Administrator of the Faculty Association Faculty Senate Holly Wheeler, Vice President of the Faculty Senate Terri Tugel, President of the Faculty Senate

MCC is this community’s college. Since its inception, a quarter million citizens have attended this excellent institution. Last night we celebrated the academic accomplishments of our 2500 graduates. In stark contrast to these celebratory events, May 29, 2008 was also the day 557 Monroe Community College employees participated in a vote of no confidence in the 9 appointed members of our Board of Trustees. Ninety-nine percent of all ballots cast, 546 employees, supported the motion.

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Based on the actions of the Monroe Community College Board of Trustees on Saturday, May 17, the students, faculty and staff of Monroe Community College no longer have confidence in the commitment of the Monroe Community College’s Board of Trustees to carry out a politically non-partisan and effective presidential search process that meets the high standards established by SUNY guidelines. Earlier in the week, the leadership of MCC’s Student Government, voted with no opposition to support the same motion. Like our community, MCC’s employees and students represent the broad political spectrum. The voting was in no way, a politically partisan one. As much as we respect President Spina’s past accomplishments at MCC, the appointment of any interim president is not a step forward. We need a president NOW, not an interim! The current search has identified two highly qualified candidates in Mr. Dennis Kessler and Dr. Laurence Spraggs. The failure of the Board of Trustees to recommend one of these as MCC’s fifth president during its special meeting on May 17th is a profound act of disrespect to students, staff and faculty, as well as to the members of the two parallel search committees. Barring the Board’s reconsideration and recommendation to the SUNY Chancellor of either of these two candidates, we are asking the nine appointed members of MCC’s Board of Trustees to submit their resignations effective August 31, 2008. Unless the Board of Trustee’s reconsiders and recommends to the SUNY Chancellor either Mr. Kessler or Dr. Spraggs, we are asking the Monroe County Republican and Democratic legislators to evaluate and select, in a nonpartisan way, board members to complete the remaining terms of the five county appointments to the Board. These appointments must be individuals committed to leaving their political hats outside the Board room. Likewise, we are asking the State Republican and Democratic delegations to evaluate and recommend, in a nonpartisan way, board members to complete the remaining terms of the four gubernatorial appointments to the Board. These appointments also must be individuals committed to leaving their political hats outside the Board room. We believe this is the only path to reestablishing the trust that a subsequent presidential search would be a non-partisan and effective process in accordance with the guidelines established by the State University of New York.
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