More than 90 percent of faculty has no confidence in the administration of PCC President Mark Rocha, according to a vote presented by an Ad Hoc Faculty Committee to the Board of Trustees on March 13.
The committee said a â€œcrisis of leadershipâ€ had engulfed the college.
Five members of the ad hoc committee, instructors Patricia Rose, Melissa Michelson, Karen Carlisi, Jill Oâ€™Hora and Mary-Erin Crook presented the full results of the committeeâ€™s February faculty-wide poll during the public comment section of the meeting.
According to their statement, 213 full-time, active faculty participated in the vote. Of the 204 valid ballots received, 188 have no confidence in the administration, with only 16 supporting the administration.
Three of the committee members presenting the results to the Board read an official statement from the committee.
â€œThis vote underscores the fact that 92 percent of full-time voting faculty agree, amongst other things, that President Rocha impeded student success, violated student and faculty trust, and, in general, brought about destructive rather than constructive change at the college while consistently ignoring the concerns of students, staff and faculty members at Pasadena City College,â€ said Rose.
Carlisi said the vote underscored major problems on campus.
â€œToday at PCC we have a superintendent-president and an administration whose style of leadership ignores the very principles of reasoned judgment, respectful collaboration, and shared values that further a healthy, productive community college,â€ said Carlisi. â€œThe vote of no confidence exposes the deep fissures in the foundation of PCC, which have been caused by President Rocha and his administration.â€
Addressing the Board, Oâ€™Hora said it could take the college years to recover from the damage done.
â€œDo you, the Board of Trustees, really want this kind of destructive legacy on your hands?â€ Oâ€™Hora asked. â€œCan you really afford to ignore the voices of both students and 92 percent of the faculty voting a position of no confidence in President Rocha?
â€œWe expect that you will listen to and act upon this crisis of leadership so that PCC can start moving forward.â€
The audience reacted to the comments with roaring applause, while members of the Board and President Rocha sat with a look of discontent as they listened to over an hour of public comments attacking the college president and its administration.
The members of the committee said in an interview after the presentation that the purpose of their poll was to inform the public and to help persuade the board to take action.
â€œThis was our main goal. The point was to make [the results] public and get it out to the community,â€ said Oâ€™Hora. â€œThis will hopefully put pressure on the board and get them to act, which they havenâ€™t been doing.â€
Michelson was satisfied with the outcome of the poll.
â€œThere were so many faculty involved, not just us, and they came together and supported each other. Some of us may dissolve [from the committee], some of us may come back, and there might be new faculty to support a vote of no confidence against the board if necessary,â€ said Michelson. â€œBut for now the task we took on is now finished.â€