Columbia College President Dennis Gervin's dismissal proved the Yosemite Community College District board of trustees' disregard for the concerns of residents sending their sons and daughters to this college, of faculty or of anyone who values community college education.
At an "open" meeting March 13 in the Manzanita Building, opinions expressed were dismissed. It was a charade in a building known for a planned controversial $10 million renovation of the administrative offices!
News headlines have called the firing a "mystery." The president's lawyer alleged he was deprived of his right to due process.
Student morale is low. News articles report faculty are "keeping their heads down" lest they be the next to go.
Didn't Modesto Junior college see controversial turnover? Low student morale, faculty fear, contention and a questionable spending agenda is not a good record.
A message from the chancellor's office reads, "We are grateful to the community for your support."
You can show your support for a better board at the ballot box. YCCD board members are Lynn Martin, area 1; Don Viss, area 2; Abe Rojas, Area 3; Anne DeMartini, area 4; Linda Flores, area 5; Mike Riley, area 6; and Tom Hallinan, area 7.