At their January 11th meeting, the Board of Trustees appointed General Counsel Donna Haugen as Presiding Officer-in-Charge on the departure of President Jermaine Williams. His separation date from the college has not been established, but we estimate it will be some time at the end of January and no later than the end of February.
Ms. Haugen is not an appropriate choice, particularly at this time when the college stands on the brink with enrollments at less than 9,000. She has no academic credentials. It is standard practice for the Provost or the Vice President of Academic Affairs to assume authority when a president resigns. So our first question is, why has the Board of Trustees not appointed our Mark Lausch, our Vice President of Academic Affairs as Presiding Officer-in-Charge?
Here is the video of the public session after the Board of Trustees’ Executive Session: