By Will Bigham Staff Writer
Posted: 11/05/2011 09:23:26 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – Two administrators at San Bernardino Valley College have been placed on administrative leave, according to an email from college President Debra S. Daniels sent Oct. 31 to college staff members.

In the email, Daniels said Damon Bell, vice president of student services, and Zelma Russ, dean of student success and special services, were placed on administrative leave the previous week.

It remains unclear Friday why the two administrators were placed on leave.

Daniels did not offer an explanation in her email, obtained by this paper, though she did reference an investigation that she said “may take several months to complete.”

Reached at home Wednesday, Russ said, “I don’t have any comment, sorry. I don’t have any comment.” Bell could not be reached for comment.

James Ramos, a trustee of the San Bernardino Community College District, did not return a call seeking comment.

Neither the college’s spokesman, Craig Petinak, nor the district’s spokeswoman, Alisa Moore, would comment for this article.

Moore referred an inquiry to the district’s human resources director, Jack Miyamoto, who did not respond as of Friday to an email seeking comment.

Bell and Russ worked closely with the Associated Students of San Bernardino Valley College, said Cadelia James, a student at the college and director of student center affairs.

James said she supports Bell and Russ.

“They’ve been so supportive of student government and so supportive of students,” James said.

James and another student from the Associated Students of San Bernardino Valley College met with Daniels on Thursday to discuss Bell and Russ’ leave, James said.

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