Last night’s Board of Trustees meeting was attended by over 100 faculty who were there to share their concerns about the leadership of President Astrab and the Board itself. We were taken by surprise when the Board moved to consider an item not on their calendar, and that item turned out to be a 3.5 year extension to the President’s contract, which was approved with no public discussion. The Board did not consult the faculty in evaluating the President, despite an earlier call by Academic Senate Chairperson Kimberley Reiser that they do so, in keeping with the guidelines of the Association of Community College Trustees.
At the conclusion of the Board’s agenda, they recognized individuals who signed up to speak. Twenty three people spoke, with only one speaker offering words of support for the President.