Glenn Youngkin Demands to be Involved in Hiring of New Leader for Virginia Community College System
“Youngkin asked for a briefing of the board’s strategy, a discussion about the search, and a list of candidates and their qualifications”
Lots of voters in Virginia will be happy to hear this. This is one of the reasons they elected Younkin.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports:
Youngkin concerned about Virginia Community College System’s search for new leader
Gov. Glenn Youngkin has demanded he be involved in the hiring of next head of the Virginia Community College System, expressing concern over declining enrollment and jobs going unfilled.
The State Board for Community Colleges will name a new chancellor this summer, replacing Glenn DuBois, who in August announced his retirement. The search committee has begun to interview candidates. Youngkin says his office has been excluded from the hiring process.
In a letter dated Sunday and obtained by the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Youngkin asked for a briefing of the board’s strategy, a discussion about the search, and a list of candidates and their qualifications.
“I am writing to express my concerns about the search process and your unwillingness to collaborate with our administration on our priorities in workforce development,” Youngkin wrote to Nathaniel Bishop, chair of the State Board for Community Colleges and the head of the search committee. “Our exclusion from this process demonstrates misfeasance, and I would be derelict if I did not express that the next chancellor should be aligned with the governor” on issues of workforce development, transparency and expanding educational opportunities.
In a statement, Bishop called the hiring process “confidential” but said the board shares Youngkin’s desire to hire a chancellor who collaborates with the administration.
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I wish we could clone Youngkin–he’s absolutely delivering what he promised, unlike a lot of the Republicans who promise everything and deliver nothing.
So far, so good. Virginia deserves to have a conscientious governor, from time to time. It is a huge state and most of it is nothing at all like the Northern Virginia-D.C. suburbs or that cesspool of iniquity, Loudoun County.
Ron DeSantis here in Florida. Close enough?
Hopefully, the General Assembly will back up the Governor, in his efforts to make the government more transparent and more responsive to the CITIZENS of the Commonwealth. Virginia has , in the past, suffered from a severe case of RINO-itis !!!!!
It sounds like the university is saying they should be trusted, all in all, they should not be trusted.
The leadership of a state system of community colleges faces a very different set of challenges that are not present in traditional higher education. Community colleges are halfway between high schools and research universities with a big dose of vocational instruction.
Glenn Youngkin has shown us the way forward and it is not the top marginal tax rate, fighting against imaginary communists, or other clichés from 30 years ago it is the cultural issues.
He doesn’t want a woke leftist running the community college system.