Former RVC president seeks arbitration

Former Rock Valley College (RVC) President Roland Chapdelaine is seeking to enter arbitration with the college eight months after his contract was terminated by RVC’s Board of Trustees Jan. 13.

RVC attorney Charles P. Kostantacos confirmed that “a demand for arbitration has been made, and an arbitrator has not yet been selected. … Basically, we are in the process of selecting an arbitrator at this point,” he said.

Chapdelaine was given $147,900 in February as a severance package. Sources at the time speculated Chapdelaine was seeking about $640,000.

Chapdelaine was recently hired as president of Cuyahoga Community College’s Eastern Campus in Cleveland, Ohio.

The Board fired Chapdelaine after five consecutive and unprecedented years of deficit spending that totaled $7.3 million; a downgrade of the college’s recognition status by the college’s governing agency, the Illinois Community College Board; no confidence votes by all three employee groups that totaled 204-28; legal costs that climbed each year during Chapdelaine’s tenure from about $48,000 to about $460,000 in 2003; alleged illegal use of taxpayer funds for two political contributions, which were reimbursed; the controversial awarding of a no-bid $5.6 million construction contract to Robert Stenstrom of Stenstrom Companies Ltd.; double charges for airline expenses for his recruitment to RVC; and at least $9.6 million in construction cost overruns.

Jeff Havens, staff writer, contributed to this article.

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