The Academic Senate at Crafton Hills College in Yucaipa holds “no-confidence” vote Wednesday for San Bernardino Community College District Chancellor Bruce Baron.

By Beau Yarbrough, The Sun
and Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 04/01/15, 8:39 PM PDT |

The Academic Senates at San Bernardino Valley and Crafton Hills colleges affirmed their support of a resolution at their meetings Wednesday, voting “no-confidence” in San Bernardino Community College District Chancellor Bruce Baron.

In response to a warning issued by their regional accrediting agency in February, both faculty groups worked together to draft the resolution based on evidence collected supporting their belief that the warnings are a “culmination of persistent and long-term district level deficiencies under the leadership and responsibility” of Baron.

“The evidence — if anything else — it strengthened our stance,” said Jeremiah Gilbert, president of the Academic Senate at SBVC. There were some no votes during the first reading of the resolution on March 25, Gilbert said, but only one during Wednesday’s meeting.

The Academic Senate at Crafton Hills College — which also held a first reading on March 25 — will hold a third reading of the resolution during the April 8 meeting.

“I’ve been here 11 years, and this is the first time that Valley and Crafton have actually joined together,” said Catherine Hendrickson, librarian at CHC, during their meeting.

Presidents of both Academic Senates are planning to address the resolutions to the San Bernardino Community College District board of trustees at the April 9 meeting at Crafton Hills College.

The resolution calls for the board to publicly respond to the deficiencies outlined in the resolution during the May board meeting.

In February, the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges placed both colleges on “warning,” and they are required to address concerns raised by the ACCJC by March 15 of next year.

Both colleges remain fully accredited as they address the deficiencies identified by the ACCJC.

The Academic Senates last month began collecting evidence related to Baron’s leadership and vision; training and informing the board; respect for and knowledge of collegial process; interference with college process; and purview and fiscal management.

According to the resolution, both colleges have issues related to student success, staffing and budgets that have been exacerbated by Baron’s “ineffective leadership and vision including poor oversight of the human resources department, questionable hiring practices including interim and permanent positions, creation of positions, demotions, promotions, layoffs and the persistent disregard for collegial voices that have questioned and objected to such actions which have now been confirmed by ACCJC accreditation reports.”

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