District will buy out MJC president's contract

The Yosemite Community College District is preparing to buy out the final seven months of Modesto Junior College President Richard Rose's contract.

Rose announced Monday in a meeting with employees that he would leave the school Dec. 1.

YCCD Chancellor Roe Darnell said Rose would receive severance pay through his contract, which ends June 30. Rose was hired in 2006 with a three-year contract at $150,000 a year.

Darnell announced Rose's departure in an e-mail to district employees after 5 p.m. Monday. Rose's exit is tied to a special meeting the district's board of trustees will hold Monday at which his release is scheduled to be considered in a closed session.

"I expect this decision will be approved at the special meeting of the board," Darnell wrote. "I know that Dr. Rose will appreciate your supportive thoughts and encouragement for his future plans."

District Trustee Anne DeMartini echoed Darnell's e-mail.

"We want him to do well," she said.

The board of trustees in June declined to extend Rose's contract. He has been a finalist as a candidate to lead other California community colleges since then.

Rose could not be reached for comment late Monday.

Rose has had a sometimes difficult relationship with college employees over his tenure. The school's Academic Senate in 2007 voted no confidence in his leadership.

Rose has had a long career in California community colleges, having served as vice president for student services at San Diego Mesa College, dean of student development at De-Anza College and held various roles at Santa Rosa Junior College.

Bee Assistant City Editor Adam Ashton can be reached at or 578-2366.