“Why doesn’t he just tell the committee who they can’t recommend before the process starts?”
“The idea that this action by the committee chair followed the process is dubious at best.”
Such were the comments* made at today’s meeting of the IVC Academic Senate when folks were informed of Diane Oaks’ curious pronouncement last week that the “commencement speaker” committee, which she (as Prez Roquemore’s rep) chairs, may not include writer and columnist Gustavo Arellano among its recommendations for the 2016 IVC commencement speaker.
According to the process, the college President is entitled to choose among the recommendations forwarded by the committee, which has campus-wide representation. Nothing in the official language describing the process refers to the chair's authority to censor (or edit) the committee's list on the President's behalf.
Meanwhile, a half hour into today’s senate meeting, President Glenn Roquemore sent the campus community the following email:
It is my honor to announce the 2016 Irvine Valley College Commencement Speaker, Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean of the School of Law, University of California, Irvine.Nice diversion, Glenn.
“Process” sure don’t count for much here at IVC, what with President-for-life Glenn Roquemore running things his way. But at least we’ve lined up an interesting choice for commencement speaker (for 2016—next year).
Chemerinsky was atop the list of recommendations forwarded by the committee—the list that did not include Arellano, despite committee members' desire to put him there.
You'll recall that, when Chemerinsky's hire as Dean of
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Maybe we can get the C-man to talk about that for commencement?!
*Loose paraphrases of actual remarks, imprecisely remembered
See yesterday's Once again, Roquemore blows off process