Friday, October 10, 2014

Andrew Jones
'Racism' cited in O.C. chancellor's exit (OC Reg)
Rancho Santiago college head says counterpart worked under “passive aggressive racism.”

     Hours before Andrew Jones abruptly resigned as the chancellor of three community colleges Aug. 14, a fellow Orange County chancellor got wind of the news and wrote Jones a scathing criticism of his soon-to-be former bosses, five elected trustees.
     Raul Rodriguez, chancellor of the Rancho Santiago Community College District, called the Coast Community College District’s trustees “dysfunctional” and told Jones he was “disgusted with that board and their passive aggressive racism.”  
Raul Rodriguez
     “You have done an amazing job as the chancellor of (Coast) in spite of tremendous obstacles,” Rodriguez wrote in an email to Jones. “You did better than anyone could have imagined and lasted longer than most predicted. It is a tragedy that you have been treated in this manner, and you have done nothing at all to deserve such treatment.”
     The email, one of hundreds obtained by the Register through a California Public Records Act request, raises new questions about the circumstances of Jones’ split from Coast. Jones is African American. Coast’s trustees are predominantly white....

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