Modesto Junior College President Richard Rose's tenure appears to be coming to a close after trustees voted Wednesday night not to extend his contract past the 2009-10 school year.
Trustees usually roll over contracts each year, extending them for at least an additional year. This is the second year trustees chose not to do that with Rose's contract.
Rose has been embroiled in turmoil over the past two years. Confrontations heated up in 2007 and 2008, when faculty groups accused him of ignoring their input on such issues as hiring, workload and construction spending. In December 2007, the Academic Senate passed a vote of no confidence in him.
During a special closed-door meeting Wednesday night, Yosemite Community College District trustees voted 6-0 not to extend Rose's contract. President Anne DeMartini was absent. The YCCD is the parent district of MJC and Columbia College in Tuolumne County.
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Calls to Rose's work and cell phones seeking comment Wednesday night were not returned.
Rose joined the campus as president in 2006. If he's out in June 2010, he would become the latest in a series of MJC leaders who have lasted only a few years, leading to instability officials say they want to end. Rose followed Jim Williams and Bill Scroggins, who served about two years each.
YCCD Chancellor Roe Darnell brought in a mediator in early 2008 to help iron out kinks between Rose and other MJC employees. Darnell said the third party helped, and that Rose learned and developed abilities that make him a viable candidate for other colleges.
Last year, Rose was a finalist for Riverside City College's top spot. He continues to look for other positions.
"He'll definitely take advantage of the skills he learned," Darnell said after Wednesday's meeting.
Trustees have not discussed starting a job search to replace Rose, but will talk about it more in the fall, Darnell said.
Also during Wednesday's meeting, trustees extended contracts through 2011-12 for Columbia College President Joan Smith, and for the YCCD's executive vice chancellor, vice chancellor and assistant vice chancellor. None of the contracts included salary or compensation increases, Darnell said.
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