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COC’s Board of Trustees is impotent to effect change

Posted: June 22, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: June 22, 2014 2:00 a.m.

During the recent Board of Trustees meeting at College of the Canyons, several board members expressed their surprise at the landslide “no” vote on the proposed full-time faculty contract.

This is befuddling in the extreme, since I know, from personal experience, of innumerable conversations with Board of Trustee members in which faculty have reached out about serious issues and concerns that have been developing at the college.

Sadly, our voicing of such concerns was usually met with an apparent lack of serious interest, and sometimes with expressions of powerlessness.

In the end, it seems there is a lack of will on the part of the board to bring about any real change within the culture of the college.

Frankly, my observations over the last decade tell me that the present culture of the college either discourages or marginalizes meaningful, constructive dialogue or input from Board of Trustee members, or from most anyone else, for that matter.

The perception that the Board of Trustees has been rendered impotent by administrative leadership is pervasive among staff.

All of this offers a clear indication of how disengaged and disempowered these officials — whom the community has elected to oversee our college — have allowed themselves to become.

How is it that those we have entrusted with making important decisions for our fine educational institution could be blindsided by something that to us was so apparent?

What else might they be missing on their watch?



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