JCCC continues president search – KC Star

JCCC continues president search

Trustees go ahead despite a 230-signature petition to keep interim president Larry Tyree.
Kansas City Star, The (MO)-September 28, 2006

Trustees go ahead despite a 230-signature petition to keep interim president Larry Tyree.

Johnson County Community College trustees will move ahead with the search for a new president for the school, despite requests from faculty, staff and administrators to slow the process.

Trustees on Wednesday approved in a 5-0 vote a presidential profile developed by a 16-member screening committee. Trustee Jon Stewart was not at the meeting. The profile will be published in advertisements, and the screening committee will meet again next month to review applications for the post.

More than 230 people had signed an online petition by late Wednesday asking trustees to rethink the search and keep interim president Larry Tyree as president for the short term.

Trustees said they would welcome an application from Tyree, who said he would consider whether he would enter the search process over the weekend.

“You ve obviously made an impression, and I m delighted you may have an interest in applying,” Lynn Mitchelson, the board chairman, told Tyree.

The school hired Tyree following former President Charles Carlsen’s retirement in April after the school newspaper published allegations he had sexually harassed a female employee in 2003. He denied the allegations.

Some in the crowded board room Wednesday were dissatisfied with the decision to continue the search.

“The board already has made an excellent presidential choice in Dr. Tyree,” said Jonathan Bacon, academic director of the educational technology center. “There’s no need for a consultant or a national search.”

History professor Jim Leikert said a packet of hundreds of e-mails presented to Mitchelson at the meeting was an expression of support for Tyree and of disappointment in the divisiveness of Trustees Elaine Perilla and Ben Hodge, who lead the search.

But Mitchelson said after the meeting that much of the ill will is based on the screening committee’s composition.

“What we as trustees and the screening committee have to do is make sure everyone in the college family knows their voices will be heard,” he said.

@ A copy of the online petition can be seen at http://staff.jccc.edu/mmartin/ healing.html.

A blog on the subject is at http://a-time-for-healing. blogspot.com. jccc28_09-28-2006_UQO7SDG.xml

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