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New chancellor set for Chabot Las Positas

Original post made by Tim Hunt, Castlewood, on Jun 25, 2013

The Chabot Las Positas Community College trustees are set to finalize the contract for a new chancellor at its meeting tonight.

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Posted by Wilrob
a resident of another community
on Jun 28, 2013 at 6:08 pm

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Many employees at the District are unhappy at the extension of the executive contracts. Most of these contracts were not set to expire for almost another year. Why extend the contracts to essentially 4 year contracts? Many of us believe that the Interim Chancellor wanted to slip these contracts through and then the new Chancellor wouldn't be able to evaluate for herself their performance. If they were all doing a great job, why the need to push it through right before leaving? We have a Vice Chancellor of HR that is in the position with only an undergraduate degree in an unrelated field. (Comment partially removed by Pleasanton Weekly Online staff)
Why worry about a $300,000 settlement, more are sure to come.

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Posted by KatzC
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 1, 2013 at 12:16 pm

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The interim (temporary) chancellor was not supporting the new chancellor when she prematurely extended the employment contracts of the senior staff. Four contracts ended in June/July of 2014 and two did not end until 2015. The new chancellor would have adequate time to evaluate the senior staff for herself before renewals were required. She would have had the ability to renew contracts for only a single year should there be need for additional evaluation or if in fact there was performance issues. Who suggested that the contract renewals be addressed so early is the question that should be asked. Was it Dr. Walters; or was it someone with her ear and a fear of losing their job once they were properly evaluated?
After Dr. Gularte left the district Wyman Fong was promoted to Vice Chancellor of HR, probably as the only available option in HR. Just because he holds the title, does not mean that he is qualified or affective in that role. The concern of this reader and others I have spoken with is that he is in way over his head and has been allowed to remain in this job only by developing friendships with those who are willing to overlook his lack of expertise and leadership because he is a “nice guy”. His ability to perform his duties should be evaluated not be a friend he has history with, but by a professional who can’t be bought off with flowers and lies.
I welcome Dr. Jackson and hope that she will provide the much needed professionalism and leadership that the district is lacking; at least in the Human Recourses dept.

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Posted by Sad about CLPCCD
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on Jul 2, 2013 at 11:14 am

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Employees at the college campus and at the district office were dumbfounded to learn that contract extensions were being handed out before there was a need to engage in that process.

The idea that the 'acting' chancellor was trying to keep an 'experienced team in place and stable' for the incoming chancellor makes absolutely no sense. This takes away the opportunity for the new chancellor, Dr. Jackson, to evaluate for herself if the current team in place is the one that she will need to successfully make the changes/improvements/ideas she spoke about during the interview process.

With the blunders already created by the Board of Trustees, which led to issuing a $300,000 payout to the outgoing chancellor, Dr. Kinnamon, one would think they would tread lightly in creating scenarios such as this where they are locked in employment contract years over and above what is considered the norm for these executives. This makes no sense at all, which seems to confirm the idea that these executives are being kept due to friendship. Skills nor performance were taken into consideration when issuing these extensions.

The campuses are quite aware of what is going on at the district office. In particular, the current vice chancellor of human resources has created such an intolerable office situation that the campuses are unable to get straight, correct answers to important questions relating to employment and other functions within his department. He is known for creating impossible working relations with campus employees and the district office.

Anyone that will listen to him has to hear how 'busy he is' 'how he is not being supported by the unions, by the campus vice-presidents' and the list goes on and on. It's embarrassing having to listen to him.

The confidentiality of the human resources department is not being upheld. The current vice chancellor of human resources has repeatedly shared confidential discipline matters and then says "just between you and me". It's common knowledge that he does this. This continues to expand the mistrust of the human resources office by those employees who should be able to seek confidential assistance from that department.

Sadly, the communities served by the Chabot-Las Positas Community College District are being short-changed. It's time to wake up. Let's hope it's not too late.

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