ERIC Number: EJ895375
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Reference Count: N/A
Texas Hold Him
Pohl, Robert J.
Academe, v96 n3 p22-23 May-Jun 2010
On September 15, 2009, faculty members from four of the five community colleges in San Antonio delivered an overwhelming vote of no confidence in Chancellor Bruce H. Leslie to the Alamo Community College District's board of trustees. (One college, Northeast Lakeview, didn't participate in the vote because the college is not yet accredited.) Faculty participation in the separate campus votes averaged 80 percent. The vote against Leslie was nearly unanimous, with a low of 91 percent at St. Philip's College and a high of 99 percent at Palo Alto Community College. Leslie's unpopularity stems in large part from his attempts to unify the colleges. He apparently has succeeded only in unifying the faculty against him. Opposition to his unification plan was reinforced by a January 2010 report that concluded that pursuing single accreditation would most likely result in the loss of five to seven million dollars annually for St. Philip's College (because it would lose its status as a historically black college and the federal monies that come with that status). After numerous board meetings at which members of the community, the faculty, and the staff voiced their passionate opposition to the plan, Leslie and the board of trustees decided against single accreditation. Many of the faculty's problems with the current district leadership are related to the single-accreditation issue, but the list of grievances hardly ends there. Complaints range from increasing class sizes to rising day-care rates and touch on nearly every conceivable topic in between. But none of this--neither the no-confidence vote nor the dropping of plans for single accreditation--would be a great victory for faculty. Leslie's immediate future seems secure. The same September night that four college faculties reported their votes of no confidence in the chancellor, the board of trustees passed a resolution in support of Leslie, and his contract continues until 2012.
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Black Colleges, Governing Boards, Trustees, College Faculty, College Presidents, Accreditation (Institutions), Governance
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Two Year Colleges
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Identifiers - Location: Texas