Chair Mazzochi calls the meeting to order.
Pledge of Allegiance.
Sec Napolitano calls roll
McGuire, Birt, and Wozniak are absent.
Other BoT members present.
Chair Mazzochi notes that there is no quorum. As a working group there will be discussion of items that can be discussed.
Glenn Hansen, President CODFA and Faculty Senate
Hansen notes the e-mail exchange on e-mail took place this afternoon regarding his call for the resignations of the three absent trustees, who have kept us from conducting COD business tonight. Not acceptable behavior. And in terms of comments to the press regarding the HLC report and probation. Hansen notes he defended the institution. But he wants the people who were responsible for the HLC sanctions to resign as they are responsible for the negative Wants all administrators who were hired by Breuder should be fired. Those who are responsible for the sanctions should stand up and admit their role and responsibility for what has happened. Only Dr. Collins has done that. He has apologized to faculty and staff for mistakes. That’s what I ask. Apologize and we can move forward. Hansen asks administrators who are responsible to step forward and take the mic and admit their responsibility.
I would like to read the following resolution that was adopted unanimously by the Faculty Senate this week.
“The College of DuPage Faculty Senate wishes to thank Kathy Hamilton for her many contributions to the College of DuPage over the past two years, for the courage she manifested in her challenging role as trustee, and, as the board chair, for her dedication and commitment to making the education of students the priority.”
The following are my own.
I know not Mr. Martin Dolan and I wonder if he ever visited this college. I realize he is not paid to be impartial, but the HLC letter that has just placed the college on probation makes abundantly clear that any actions taken by the board during the chairmanship of Kathy Hamilton regarding the former president was not some “political charade.” His undoing was not a result of a plot enacted by the Clean Slate, but at his own hands through his ravening greed and abuse of power and privilege. We should be grateful to the new board that his legacy will not be a name on a building, accompanied by a $760 thousand parachute, but the catalog of problems chronicled in the report.
Of course he did not act alone. I quote, “The Board of Trustees did not provide effective leadership…” “The administration of the College did not perform effectively…” Herein is a compendium of failed leadership.
Three of those trustees whose hands were on the tiller are still here –except not actually here. None has yet to make any acknowledgment that anything was ever amiss and that they owned some responsibility. One might think that now, more than ever, their full energy would be invested in addressing the issues and righting the wrongs. Not a bit of it. We have heard about “manufactured crises.” Creating a tempest in a teapot over the viewing of legal documents, then hauling them off campus on the pretext to do “research,” which it appears meant running post haste to the Daily Herald editors is a manufactured crisis.
And now these three have abdicated their fiduciary duties in an attempt to embarrass the other trustees and further their own selfish ambitions. There are real costs involved here. Real consequences. They have no shame. There is only one logical option. Go.
Keith Yearman — COD Geography Professor
IN 2009 THIS COLLEGE WAS PAYING THREE PRESIDENTS AT THE SAME TIME. SUNIL CHAND HAD JUST BEEN OUSTED AND REASSIGNED TO AN OFFICE IN THE LIBRARY. HAL MCANINCH CAME OUT OF RETIREMENT TO SERVE AS INTERIM PRESIDENT FOR SIX MONTHS; HE HAD BEEN AWARDED A TWO-YEAR CONTRACT. BREUDER’S HIRING THAT NOVEMBER COMPLETED OUR MOUNT RUSHMORE OF PRESIDENTS. AT THAT POINT MCANINCH WAS TASKED, PER BREUDER’S OWN WORDS, WITH RIPPING APART THE FACULTY CONTRACT IN PREPARATION FOR UPCOMING NEGOTIATIONS.
NOBODY HAS SEEN MCANINCH’S WORK PRODUCT. WHOSE PERSONNEL FILES DID MCANINCH ACCESS IN RELATION TO THIS ASSIGNMENT? WHOSE PERSONNEL FILES DID BREUDER OR HIS UNDERLINGS ACCESS IN PREPARATION FOR THESE NEGOTIATIONS? FACULTY NEGOTIATORS WERE SURPRISED BY SOME OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE DEMANDS – DRASTIC CUTS RELATING TO THINGS LIKE CLASS REIMBURSEMENTS AND TUITION WAIVERS. IT SHOULD BE NO SURPRISE THOUGH – THE DEMANDED CUTS TARGETED SPECIFIC FACULTY MEMBERS WHO REALLY TOOK ADVANTAGE OF THOSE BENEFITS, SOME OF WHOM HAD BEEN ACTIVELY INFORMING LOCAL, STATE AND FEDERAL AGENCIES, AS WELL AS PUBLIC WATCHDOG GROUPS OF MISCONDUCT HERE.. LET ME POINT OUT SUCH CUTS MAY HAVE RUN COUNTER TO HIGHER LEARNING COMMISSION ACCREDITATION STANDARDS 5.6 AND 5.13. BUT THE MOST IMPORTANT POINT IS THAT WHISTLEBLOWERS WERE TARGETED – THEY ALWAYS HAVE BEEN AT THIS INSTITUTION.
IN RECENT MEMORY, A LAB TECHNICIAN POINTED OUT YEARS OF CERAMICS PAINTS WOULD HAVE LEFT HAZARDOUS MATERIALS IN VARIOUS HOODS AND DUCTWORK IN CAMPUS STUDIOS. THE COLLEGE’S BUILDING PROJECT COORDINATOR WROTE IN AN E-MAIL THAT THE CONTRACTOR “DOES NOT FEEL IT TO BE A PROBLEM. HOWEVER, IT IS AN ISSUE NOW,” REFERRING TO THE TECHNICIAN’S OUTSPOKENNESS. THE TECHNICIAN PROTESTED REPEATEDLY AND LOUDLY ENOUGH TO FORCE TESTING, WHICH WAS ORDERED THE NEXT MONTH, BUT THE RESULTS DID NOT COME IN FOR ANOTHER FOUR MONTHS. THE RESULTS – ARSENIC, SELENIUM, CADMIUM AND SILVER ALL EXCEEDING OSHA STANDARDS. THE CONTRACTOR WROTE, “AT THIS TIME [WE] CANNOT REMOVE THIS DUCTWORK…PLEASE LET US KNOW WHEN IT IS SAFE.” MY UNDERSTANDING IS ANOTHER CONTRACTOR DID THE REMOVAL PRIOR TO THE TEST RESULTS ARRIVING ON CAMPUS, BUT I DO NOT WISH TO GIVE THIS BOARD MISINFORMATION.
THE TECHNICIAN WHO RAISED THE INITIAL CONCERNS? HE WAS FIRED AND EVENTUALLY SETTLED A LAWSUIT AGAINST THE COLLEGE.
MORE RECENTLY, A PROFESSOR SENT AN E-MAIL TO ADAM ANDJEWSKI AND FOR THE GOOD OF ILLINOIS OFF HIS COLLEGE E-MAIL ACCOUNT. WITHIN DAYS THIS PROFESSOR WAS SUMMONED TO A MEETING WITH THEN-PRESIDENT BREUDER AND ALL MEMBERS OF THE SENIOR MANAGEMENT TEAM ABOUT THIS E-MAIL. THIS WAS DESPITE ASSURANCES OUR E-MAILS WERE NOT BEING MONITORED. THEN TWO INVESTIGATORS FROM THE DUPAGE STATE’S ATTORNEY’S OFFICE SHOWED UP OUTSIDE THIS PROFESSOR’S CLASSROOM SEEKING (QUOTING THE LEAD INVESTIGATOR), “ANY INFORMATION IN HIS POSSESSION WHICH CASTS THE COLLEGE IN A NEGATIVE LIGHT.” ONE INNOCUOUS E-MAIL BROUGHT MORE OF A RESPONSE FROM BOB BERLIN THAN ALL OF BREUDER’S ACTIONS.
THE REPEATED TARGETING OF WHISTLEBLOWERS MUST STOP. THIS BOARD SHOULD STEP UP AND DO RIGHT BY THOSE WHISTLEBLOWERS, SOME OF WHOM MAY STILL BE HERE, AND COMPENSATE THOSE FOR DAMAGE DONE IN THE PAST. I ALSO CALL UPON THIS BOARD TO ESTABLISH AN INDEPENDENT INSPECTOR GENERAL’S OFFICE AND TO ESTABLISH A TRUE PROGRAM FOR WHISTLEBLOWERS AND THE PROTECTION THEREOF.
Bob Hazard, COD Faculty
In a week of Daily Herald revelations, this one stood out for me. Trustee McGuire is quoted saying:
“The school has spent more than $3.5 million in legal and financial consultant fees the past seven months “chasing a manufactured crisis.”
She’s wrong in one respect: There is more than a single manufactured crisis here.
One crisis was manufactured by Bob Breuder, his SMT, and the previous boards. Anyone who’s read the HLC report can see that there was serious malfeasance going on at the highest levels of our college. Make no mistake about it. Breuder, Glaser, and Saypta all deserved to be fired.
No doubt they will continue their misguided lawsuits, hoping for a settlement they don’t deserve. Please don’t give in to blackmail. Breuder and his SMT damaged our college and they don’t deserve a penny more than they’ve already squeezed out of us.
But the bigger crisis has been manufactured by McGuire herself.
For seven months now McGuire who allowed, enabled, even encouraged Breuder and his hand-picked management team to damage our college with their bad investments, their wasting of tax dollars in their private clubhouse, The Waterleaf, their secret manipulation of credit hours in SLEA, and on and on and on, has been determined to undermine the trustees who were elected to clean up the mess she helped to create.
For seven months now, McGuire has preened before the press, posed as the martyr, playing out dysfunction in front of the HLC so she could claim the new board was dysfunctional, all the while not caring what damage she was causing.
Now, that preening has come home to roost. We’ve been put on probation for the acts of a fired president and those under his direct command. But we’ve also been put on probation for the acts and the inaction of those boards on which McGuire was an active member.
If there is any justice in all of this, it’s that the HLC report came out mere hours after the latest public snit fit from McGuire, a report that directly contradicted her latest defense of Breuder.
Part of me is angry that she’s not here to face the college she betrayed, but part of me says good riddance. Stay away Dianne, you’ve worn out your welcome here and it’s been a very long time since you contributed anything of value.