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ERIC Number: EJ764753
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Aug-24
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1557-5411
Hung out to Dry
Pluviose, David
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, v23 n14 p22-25 Aug 2006
It was only three years ago that Dr. R. Wayne Branch was tapped to take over the reins at Clark College, a 70-year-old private college in Vancouver, Washington. As president of the Community College of Baltimore County-Essex, Branch oversaw the reorganization of the college after it was folded into a three-college system. Those organizational skills and his background in counseling led Clark to make Branch the first African-American president in the college's history. Clark trustees also thought Branch could help mend a bitter rift between the faculty and his presidential predecessor, Dr. Tana L. Hasart. Now, barely three years after taking the job, Branch is out at Clark. His dismissal reflects a disturbing trend for minority community college presidents. Prior to Branch's performance review this year, the Clark faculty union disclosed to the public a stunning 229-10 no-confidence vote against the president. The union cited Branch's abrasive leadership style and an alarmingly high administrative turnover as the primary causes for the decision. A few months earlier, faculty at the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD) had threatened a similar vote against then-chancellor Dr. Jesus "Jess" Carreon, citing the same concerns. Like at Clark, the faculty's decision prompted DCCCD trustees to force Carreon out of office after only three years. In both cases, diversity and race issues played significant roles in stoking campus tensions. This article discusses the clashes between minority college presidents and faculty on the implementation of diversity initiatives and how these tensions lead to, in some cases, a president's abbreviated tenure.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Washington