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Independence Community College leadership responds E-mail
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Thursday, 14 December 2017 09:16


Staff vote of no confidence in the president was ill-advised



Our current board chair is abroad, and so I am responding in my capacity as Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees. I offer my full support of Dr. Barwick and condemn in the strongest possible terms this irresponsible and dishonest act by the Faculty Association. 

It is worth noting three things about the faculty statement: (1) It addresses issues that most colleges face at one time or another, especially in this time of decreased resources, (2) not a single one of these issues were raised by the Faculty Association to either the president or the Board prior to the action taken by the faculty, and (3) the vote by the Association was conducted in a way that shows clearly that no ordinary deliberative process took place. 

Faculty were not informed of the true purpose of the meeting beforehand, and entire academic divisions left the meeting in protest. Numerous faculty have expressed that this action seems to be based solely on the personal animosity of a few faculty leaders, and in my opinion those leaders should be ashamed of acting in ways that were deliberately harmful, rather than taking the constructive options open to them. 

I understand that the Association sent their press release to 50 media organizations in multiple states, which represents our primary recruiting area. The question becomes, why would they do that if not to intentionally hurt the college and the president? It appears the answer is obvious.

Norman Chambers, Independence Community College Vice Chair 

 


From the President:

The ICC Faculty Association simply no longer represents their own faculty or the interests of the college. 

I understand that there are a relatively small number of faculty who don’t like the boss, maybe about twenty percent of the entire workforce, and I expect that’s true of most large organizations. 

What is noteworthy about the Association’s statement is not what it contains, but what it doesn’t contain. It doesn’t mention that I have offered to meet with the Association over a dozen times, and they have declined every meeting. 

It doesn’t mention that, despite their concerns about the ICC Foundation, I have raised more money and goods for the college than the last ten presidents combined. It doesn’t mention the vote tally itself, or that entire academic divisions were so disgusted by the obvious vendetta of the Association leadership that they simply walked out of the meeting. 

I do not deny that our college, like many others, faces challenges; however, the Faculty Association has not been a constructive participant in solving those problems, and by their actions, have deliberately harmed the college.

 Daniel W. Barwick, PhD, Independence Community College President

 

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