May 19, 2022

AAUP Update: Letter of Concern (2/18/22)

Dear Full-Time Faculty Colleagues,

For several weeks, Lori Ulrich, President of the MC staff union (AFSCME Local 2380), Victoria Baldassano, Director of the MC Part-Time Faculty Union (SEIU Local 500), and myself, have been discussing and analyzing the Board of Trustees’ decision to hire Dr. Jermaine Williams as MC’s next president despite a public letter of discontent critical of him. The letter was “signed by the elected leaders of the faculty unions, department chairs, and Academic Senate” from Nassau Community College where Dr. Willams had served as president.

In the process of our deliberation, we have more carefully analyzed the letter of discontent, listened to testimony by Nassau Community College faculty members critical of Dr. Williams, reviewed public comments by the BOT that correlate serious views of union leaders with those of “disgruntled employees,” and discussed in general the process undertaken by the presidential search committee.  

In the attached letter signed by the three of us, “we have reached consensus that the process resulting in the selection of Dr. Williams was flawed.” While the selection of Dr. Williams as MC’s president is not going to change, we felt it important to assert that this process resulted in a decision that is unsatisfactory to the unions at MC.

I ask all of you to read the letter linked here and decide where you stand.  Thank you!

On behalf of the Chapter,

Harry Z.

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