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Rio Hondo president picks debated

first_imgBoard members ended up selecting two of the committee’s recommended finalists. They then went back to the committee’s original pool of candidates and selected four more names, although one candidate later declined the job. “If we had been told to come back with three \, we would not have come back with any,” Newman said. “We had no indication that they would pull down into the candidates who had clearly already failed in the process.Only one of the two candidates recommended by the committee made it onto the board’s list of top three finalists. “Our intention is not to beat up the board, but to just ask them to stop the process and start again. Clearly, they don’t get it,” Newman said. Trustees, however, say the open forum – scheduled from noon to 3 p.m. May 2 in the Wray Theatre on campus – will provide the opportunity for the community to participate in the hiring process. As for the votes of no confidence, Martinez acknowledged there are differences in opinion. “But the process we started and followed is exactly the same,” Martinez said. “Now we’re in the final stages. We’ll have the forum, we’ll meet in closed session to deliberate, and then we’ll come out with our decision.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955 Ext. 3051160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! But Rio Hondo’s two employee unions – the Rio Hondo College Faculty Association and the California School Employees Association Chapter 477 – and the Associated Student Body have unanimously passed “no confidence” votes against the board’s selection. It is the first time all three groups have simultaneously approved no-confidence actions against the board. “The process has been corrupted,” said Jim Newman, president of the faculty association. “A vote of no confidence says we do not believe this board has the ability to pick a president out of this process.”Anyone who comes on board through this flawed process will already be in the hole and is doomed to failure.” The controversy sprung up two weeks ago, after a screening committee of faculty, staff, administrators, students and community members submitted the names of two finalists for the board to interview. Board members then said they wanted the committee to submit as many as five finalists. Committee members said they were never told of that before their selections. WHITTIER – Rio Hondo College trustees have selected three finalists for the job of president. Now, officials plan to hold a public forum at which students, faculty and the community can meet the finalists. The three finalists are Daniel Castro, who most recently served as Riverside City College president; Ted Martinez Jr., former president of Grossmont Community College in El Cajon; and Monte Perez, vice president of student services at Golden West College in Huntington Beach. “We are very eager to move this process forward and make a selection,” Rio Hondo College board President Maria Elena Martinez said Friday. last_img

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