After a Los Angeles Superior court judge nullified former Superintendent President Dr. Mark Rocha’s severance package last April, ruling that Rocha and the Board of Trustees violated the Brown Act by not listing his severance package negotiations in closed sessions, the district signed a new settlement agreement with Rocha allowing him to keep the $403,826, along with the $16,000 in legal expenses negotiated in his original severance package agreement.
Griffith cleared, settlement reached
The district recently signed a settlement agreement stating there was no evidence found that former architecture instructor Coleman Griffith committed sexual harassment, agreeing to allow Griffith to resign with early retirement benefits and pay $18,000 to a search engine optimization firm to “perform online reputation management services.” According to the settlement agreement, Griffith has not filed any lawsuits against the district and agrees that he will not sue the district in the future. One of the provisions in the settlement is that all records involving …
ACCJC puts school on probation
Pasadena City College officials announced last week that the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) decided to maintain PCC’s accreditation while putting the school on probation for not being able to work together for the betterment of the students and the institution. According to the ACCJC letter to PCC, an institution is placed on probation when the institution drastically strays away from the commission’s eligibility requirements, accreditation standards, or commission policies, but not to an extent that justifies the termination of accreditation. When …
An adviser’s legacy
She arrived on campus at Pasadena City College during the early morning and had no clue where she was going. No schedule and absolutely no information on hand that could alleviate her anxiousness. To gain some knowledge of where she needed to be, she proceeded nervously into the human resources office. Shortly after being accompanied to her new office, she received a call from the campus print shop asking about the deadline for that week’s paper. Having no retort, she continued onward to meet her …
PCC Foundation raises more than $950,000 in scholarships
With the Pasadena City College (PCC) Foundation raising $600,00 annually for scholarships, they have successfully raised more than $950,000 this year in net proceeds for scholarships awarded to PCC students through its first scholarship fundraiser, “PCC Celebrates Student Success.”
Accreditation exit report released
A state accreditation team recently provided their exit report regarding their four-day site visit including overall comments, five commendations, and seven possible recommendations.
Commencement speaker chosen
After last year’s controversial and prolonged commencement speaker search, the Board of Trustees quickly and unanimously voted Wednesday to approve Chad Crittenden, a cancer survivor, triathlete and amputee, as this year’s speaker.
Board member blames students for last year’s commencement controversy
After he was chastised for his handling of the commencement controversy last year, Board Member Anthony Fellow now insists that students have had too much input in the selection of the school’s graduation speaker.
James Franco among those nominated for commencement
The Commencement Speaker Committee members have recently compiled a list of 11 nominees and have passed over their list for the Board of Trustees to deliberate. They will make their final decision at their next meeting held on Wednesday, March 4 in the Circadian.
PCC supports Assembly Bill 176 at the state capitol
Interim Superintendent-President Dr. Robert Miller and Board of Trustees Member Linda Wah, along with legislators and community members, congregated at the state capitol on Jan. 26 to support a bill that would stop lumping various Asian ethnicities into one big label.