Editor’s note: This story has been updated since it was first published.
The Academic Senate overwhelmingly approved a vote of no confidence in President Mark Rocha and his administration. The final tally was 23 in favor of the vote, with none against, and only one abstention.
â€œPresident Mark Rocha, the president-superintendent, has repeatedly violated the regulations and spirit of shared governance,â€ the senate resolution reads.
â€œThe Academic Senate of PasadenaÂ City College has no confidence in President Mark Rocha to maintain a healthy shared governance system, implement major changes responsibly, or provide effective leadership to the campus community, and/or communicate accurately to the Board the recommendations of the Academic Senate and the input of the campus community.â€
Rocha immediately responded to the vote, expressing his disappointment but assuring faculty that it will not have a negative impact on campus collegiality.
“While I am disappointed in the Senate’s action, I will rise in the morning to work with a renewed commitment to move the college forward into a bright future,” Rocha said in an official statement.
“Nothing will change the high regard and profound respect I hold for every single faculty member at PCC.”
This marks the second official vote of no confidence in President Rocha’s administration. The Associated Students Executive Board unanimously approved of a no confidence vote and censure of the president and his administration in February. Similarly, an ad-hoc faculty committee conducted a faculty-wide survey where 92% of those that participated voted in favor of a no confidence vote.
The Board of Trustees has been stalwart in their support of Rocha throughout the seemingly campus-wide dissatisfaction of his administration.
“We see the Senate’s action today as hasty and premature before all the facts are in,” Board of Trustees President John Martin said in an official district statement.
“The Board wishes to reiterate its unequivocal and unanimous support for the Superintendent-President and his administration.”
Debra Wood, a chemistry professor, felt the vote was rushed. “I am disappointed that the “No Confidence” vote was conducted in haste, before the Academic Senate had adequate time to assess whether a clear majority of all the faculty was in favor of the resolution,” she said in an email.
Melissa Michelson, an English instructor and the senator that spearheaded and drafted the no confidence resolution, was adamant in the timeliness of the vote. “I feel that it was the right thing thing to do at this moment in time for PCC’s Academic Senate, and it was the result of a lot of collaboration and collegiality with fellow-faculty,” she said.
The senate made most of their last meeting of the semester. They also voted to approve of a ’13-14 calendar that would include a winter session.
The no confidence resolution will be presented to the board of trustees at the May 1 meeting.
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