“We have some learning to do as a community as to why they withdrew.”
The three finalists backed out after meeting with students and staff. That speaks volumes, doesn’t it?
The Chronicle reports:
All Three Finalists to Be President of The Evergreen State College Withdraw From Process
A year-long process to find the next president of The Evergreen State College came to a shocking conclusion Wednesday when the college’s Board of Trustees emerged from a three-hour meeting and announced that the three finalists for the job had withdrawn their names from consideration.
Board of Trustees Chairwoman Karen Fraser said all three finalists — Michael Dumont, Catherine Kodat and Lee Lambert — withdrew following recent interviews with faculty, students, staff and alumni.
“We’re still in a state of surprise and disappointment,” she said. “This is where we are at the moment.”
The Olympian wasn’t privy to all the community interviews, but did observe a three-hour virtual gathering with alumni and others, which appeared to be a cordial exchange of questions and answers with the finalists…
Trustee Ed Zuckerman defended the process the college undertook to find a president, but also said, “We have some learning to do as a community as to why they withdrew.”
“The process is not at issue from my standpoint,” he said.
Trustee David Nicandri said the common conceit about the college is that its biggest challenge is in recruitment and retention, but he also cited a “deeper set of problems” facing the college, which he did not identify.
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