Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Board Meeting Highlights: Jemal is Prez


     Please see Tere’s Board Meeting Highlights
     Here are two interesting factoids therein:
     The board of trustees conducted their annual organizational meeting and facilities corporation meeting. The new board leadership positions are Tim Jemal, President; Jim Wright, Vice President; and Dave Lang, Clerk.
. . .
     Employment contract for Gary L. Poertner as Chancellor, SOCCCD, effective July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2019.
     Jemal as President: that's likely a good thing.
It can be fixed, some say
(the "CEO perspective")
     The extension of Poertner's contract, insiders tell me, does not reflect a desire to extend Poertner's service into the future. Rather, the new contract is, I'm told, an inducement for him to retire asap.
     I'm also told that, when Gary P steps down, which will be soon, "big changes" will occur throughout the district, leadershipwise.
     Let's hope the BOT gets an outsider for Chance (and for other roles). We need to get away from this sorry crowd.
     Am I right?
     Re upcoming trustee races: near as I can figure, these four seats are up (for 2016): Jemal, Wright, Lang, Jay. As I recall, Jay promised not to run for office next time around. Yeah.
     Prendergast, Whitt, and Milchiker are up in 2018, I believe. Did Whitt make a promise similar to Jay's?
     Promises, promises.

P.S.: [12/23] A wanted to watch the streaming video of Burnett/Roquemore's report on the accreditor's (ACCJC) recent troubles, but I couldn't get the streaming video page (at the district website) to open (it's mostly blank). So I emailed Tere, who said she was off to a vacation or something, and she dropped the matter in someone else's lap. But I still can't get the "streaming video" page to open.
     What's up with that?

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Condi would be great as Chancellor.

Anonymous said...

I thought you guys like Chancellor Gary P. No?

Roy Bauer said...

9:34, if you've been paying attention (evidently not), you'll know that we have long grumbled about the failure of the Chancellor and board to deal with the piss poor leadership that burdens our colleges, especially here at IVC. Glenn Roquemore is a demonstrably horrible college president (loathed by faculty in accordance with their quality as scholars/teachers), and yet he's been allowed to preside over this college for well over a dozen years! Why? We've made a clear case for the need to replace him for MANY YEARS. Poertner seemed at first (i.e., post Mathur/Fuentes) simply to leave things alone, hoping to avoid the controversies and uglinesses of the past. But, after a while, his failure to lead, to get the board to see the F-ING forest for the trees, made us critics rather than supporters. If you enjoy and value the proliferation and dominance of idiotic committees populated by administrators with Nova Southeastern "doctorates" [just read the crap these people produce!] you'll think Gary was the greatest thing since sliced bread. We're sick and tired of it all. Can we please get some real academics into leadership positions? People who aren't weirded out by what we, as instructors, actually do in class every day? People who don't proceed with the notion that football games and bouncy houses and patriotic gestures are what college is all about?

Anonymous said...

PLEASE NO MORE BOUNCY HOUSES AT IVC! THIS IS A COLLEGE NOT KINDERGARTEN.

Anonymous said...

What is it with the bouncy houses?

I thought the coffee and care packages were a nice touch for finals week but the bounce houses are embarrassing.

Anonymous said...

The Bounce houses are great...all the elementary schools have them.

Anonymous said...

"We've made a clear case for the need to replace [Glenn Roquemore] for MANY YEARS."

How, other than sporadic grousing in this blog? IVC faculty had ample justification and opportunity to take a no-confidence vote, but failed to do so. That would have sent a truly clear message to the board, who continue to dismiss any criticism as coming from a small, disgruntled minority.

Roy Bauer said...

Anonymous 10:38, you just aren’t paying attention. "Sporadic grousing?"
Recently, occasionally, I ask administrators why the district has failed to announce and discuss the November 2014 district climate survey, where widespread dissatisfaction with Roquemore & Co. is plain to see. (See "Animosity": written comments on the November 2014 SOCCCD "climate survey" (unedited, unabridged)). Their answer: “they don’t have to because you did.” Near as I can tell, the only reason anyone is aware of those (damning) survey results is our digging them out of obscurity and making them very public back in June and repeatedly thereafter. But we've reported much else: We have continuously highlighted the long-term multifarious debacle that has been the IVC Foundation (that situation may finally slowly be turning around; possibly, Glenn didn’t F up the hiring process for once). Then there’s Roquemore’s endless anti-intellectualism, manifest in what he does, and what he does not, spin with his notorious PR apparatus (remember the big to do over the visiting "scholar" with her ghost story books?). There’s Roquemore’s endless failures of transparency and process (budget, hiring, commencement speaker, etc.) and his never-ending communication snafus. There’s Glenn and Tod’s petty squabbles and turf battles over ATEP. Recall the veterans’ counselor debacle? Yeah, Roquemore had his fingerprints all over that one, too. Recall Glenn’s big signing ceremony with the U of Phoenix? Good Lord.
–And we reported it all, here on DtB. WHEN NO ONE ELSE DID.

Anonymous said...

Roquemore has been terrible and in his own way has been as embarrassing an anti-intellectual as was Mathur. His managerial style is to look surprised anytime he hears any concern or complaint expressed and then apparently does not do a thing to address said concern except to appear to possibly look the other way while a couple of his underlings seemingly respond as his possible proxy retaliators to anyone - anyone - who says anything - anything - they do not like. The IVC management, all selected by Roquemore, don't even seem to hear how insulting and embarrassing they are with their dismissive remarks, masterful (they seem to think) meandering thought-speak responses to questions, the secretive chamber called the President's Executive Council, (PEC), - they run the college as if they seem to believe they are an oligarchy of bastardly neo-17th-century-the-worst-of-European-aristocracy. The classified managers have been granted too much power, Publications apparently in particular, they slap back with unrelated off the point arguments to any comment or question they receive, they ..., uh..., ... I cannot finish this right now, just thinking about IVC's immature power hungry management, caused me to nearly toss my cookies writing this...

A question, if we are a public institution and our meetings are therefore public, then why is no one allowed to attend and observe the uber-secret PEC meetings?

Anonymous said...

Is it my imagination or has the Public Information Officer assumed too much power? She used to be easy and pleasant to work with, even with a good sense of humor - but of late seems to act more like a my way or the highway hammering possible queen of the college, IVC's own Leona Helmsley?? Apparently she was even allowed(?) by Roquemore(?) to violate the college's hard-fought-for Commencement Speaker Selection Process..., yes? no?

Anonymous said...

Nailed it 3:15PM Oaks has changed.

Anonymous said...

Not power... just a gossipping, judgemental jerk.
Merry Christmas

Anonymous said...

"... the dismal district CLIMATE SURVEY"

Hey faculty - Try focusing on your students instead of yourselves - you are already overpaid, self-serving, dunderheads who think way too highly of your own value to this institution. If you don't like your employment conditions, get another job.

Roy Bauer said...

10:43, mere ugly assertions? Do better.
11:06, lemme guess. Trump fan?

Roy Bauer said...

11:06 - Faculty were less than half of the survey's respondents. Get a clue. -RB

Anonymous said...

And the other half are the cry baby sheep that blindly follow the faculty. Roy, you are old news - a drummer that continues to play the old tune of victimization. Get a life, man!

Roy Bauer said...

Dude, you're all ad hominem, all the time.

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