Following the planned resignation of Monroe Community College’s President Tom Flynn there was a shift in leadership; along with additions to the board of trustees, the board chairwoman unexpectedly resigned and was replaced by the treasurer of the Monroe County Water Authority, Richard Guon. The secrecy surrounding this shuffling of leadership, along with the addition of two names to the list of potential presidents, has concerned many students and residents of the County of the legitimacy of the board to act as an a political body.
It is the duty of the Board of Trustees to select Flynn’s successor; however, it is difficult to see this as anything other than a political game for the GOP. Five board members are appointed by the Republican run county legislature, four by the governor. According to an article printed in City Newspaper:
The majority of the board members are connected to the GOP through other appointments, administration jobs, politics, or as donors. Some faculty and students are worried that those political ties could influence the president pick.
The only board member that was not appointed by Republicans is the student trustee, who is voted in by the student body. According to a Rochester Democrat and Chronicle article, printed on June 14, 2008:
The board ignored the recommendations of two committees and deadlocked 5-5 on two men, each falling short of the necessary six votes to get the job. Now the board is planning to start a brand new search that could take another year to find a leader for the largest college in the Rochester area. Faculty and community leaders have accused the MCC board of attempting to steer the job to Bill Smith, a former Republican Monroe County Legislature leader, who listed Republican Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks and Republican state Senator Mike Nozzolio as references.
Students and community members have demanded the resignation of the entire Board of Trustees. Read the CITY article here.