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John Parrinello’s letter to MCC Chairman Richard Guon

John Parrinello, a member of the Monroe Community College board of trustees, released the following letter late Friday afternoon. On Monday, Chairman Richard Guon scheduled a special meeting on Thursday to discuss Parrinello’s concerns regarding the presidential search. Guon also postponed interviews of candidates for president that were scheduled for this week.
The following is the letter:

March 28, 2008
Richard M. Guon, Chairperson
Monroe Community College
27 Mountain Road
Rochester, New York 14625
Dear Mr. Guon:
After giving much thought to the events that have occurred since President Flynn announced that he is leaving at the end of this academic year, I urge you, as Chairperson, to convene a special meeting prior to the interview of any of the finalists for the purpose of aborting the so-called Presidential Search that has taken place.
The reasons for my request for a special meeting to abort the Presidential Search are as follows:
1. Former Chairperson Lori Van Dusen appointed a Presidential Search Committee without consulting the Board of Trustees. That action on Ms. Van Dusen’s part breaches the guidelines for Presidential searches for community colleges, established by the State University of New York (University) Board of Trustees which states: “As soon as is practical after a presidential vacancy occurs, the college Board of Trustees should appoint a committee…” That did not happen in this case.
2. At the time of Ms. Van Dusen’s resignation as Chairperson, because she disagreed with the consensus of the Board of Trustees of MCC as to who should be the Chairperson, Ms. Van Dusen threatened that she was going to “go public” and left the meeting.
3. Ms. Van Dusen, while still Chairperson, selected a head hunter without the knowledge and consent of the full Board of Trustees. The head hunter was paid an unknown sum of money. I question whether the proper approvals were attained regarding his contract.
4. When I requested to be placed on the so-called Search Committee appointed by Ms. Van Dusen, Ms. Van Dusen polled the Board, and I believe that I was the person that got the most recommendations, but Ms. Van Dusen told me that she would never appoint me to the so-called Search Committee, despite my ten (10) years of service as a Board Member and Board Chair for six (6) of those years.
5. There were no ads placed locally for candidates for the MCC Presidential Search until members of the Board complained.
6. The guidelines for Presidential searches for community colleges established by the State University of New York (University) Board of Trustees states: “Confidentiality is most important, and anyone agreeing to serve on a search committee must respect this principle.”
7. Before most Board Members knew the names of the finalists recommended by the so-called Search Committee and the Faculty Search Committee, the names and profiles of the two (2) finalists appeared in the Rochester Business Journal, followed by the Democrat & Chronicle.
8. At the Board of Trustees meeting on March 24, 2008 the heads of the two committees announced the names of the finalists, which coincidentally, were the same from each committee, although, each Committee assured the Board that there was no collusion. The Board was told that not all Search Committee Members attended every meeting. We need attendance lists to determine if each Committee Member was eligible to vote.
9. During the March 24, 2008 Board of Trustees meeting, approximately 39 speakers were allowed to present their views to the Board. Each speaker spoke uninterruptedly.
10. At the March 24, 2008 meeting, attended by approximately 300 people, mainly faculty members, tenured and untenured, cheered for those Members of the Board who voted not to add any additional names to the two finalists recommended by the Search Committees.
11. When it came time for those Members of the Board who favored adding the names of two local applicants which was within the process agreed upon by the Board, the 300 attendees booed and jeered those Trustees.
12. As I spoke during the discussion period following an amended motion to add the names of two local applicants, I was greeted with disrespectful outbursts from those in the audience and one tenured professor actually stated “John Parrinello, you are single-handedly responsible for destroying MCC”. That comment was slanderous, disrespectful and hurtful in view of the fact that I have only one vote and had assured the crowd that no one had told me who to vote for and that I was reserving my vote until we had interviewed all four finalists.
13. Faculty members of MCC have repeatedly made public announcements that it was their intent to take a vote of no confidence in the Board of Trustees if anyone other than one of the two finalists recommended by the Search Committees was selected as President.
14. One faculty member wrote “The board’s allegiance seems to have shifted towards the interest of constituencies external to the college. It is demoralizing to have a small board in which student success has become secondary to other goals.” That written statement flies in the face of the dedication of the Members of MCC’s Board of Trustees who have served with distinction for many years.
15. The Faculty Senate wrote a letter to you in which they stated at one point: “Some people have questioned the commitment of Board members to place the College’s interests above their own individual pursuits.” There is absolutely no basis for the Faculty Senate to make that statement.
16. I have been told by a highly placed source at MCC that he/she was told by SUNY that if William A. Smith, one of the finalists, is chosen as President, that when his name is submitted to SUNY for approval, that Mr. Smith will be “DOA”. I cannot and do not believe that the SUNY Board of Trustees will reject whomever’s name is forwarded to them as the MCC’s Board of Trustees choice as President in view of the fact that the process has been followed.
17. I have also been told that a highly placed person from MCC has met with one of the finalists recommended by the Search Committee for two hours and discussed matters concerning his application.
For the reasons stated above, I believe that the MCC Presidential Search process has been compromised and should be aborted.
Sincerely,
John R. Parrinello
Board Member

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John Parrinello’s letter to MCC Chairman Richard Guon

John Parrinello, a member of the Monroe Community College board of trustees, released the following letter late Friday afternoon. On Monday, Chairman Richard Guon scheduled a special meeting on Thursday to discuss Parrinello’s concerns regarding the presidential search. Guon also postponed interviews of candidates for president that were scheduled for this week.

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