WEB EXCLUSIVE: ‘No confidence’ in RVC’s Chapdelaine

BREAKING NEWS Friday August 29, 11:15 a.m.

Rock Valley College (RVC) faculty overwhelmingly voted “no confidence” in RVC President Roland Chapdelaine’s ability to continue to lead the financially troubled college. Jill Raymond, RVC faculty union president and associate biology professor, announced Friday morning the faculty voted 95-11 with 24 absent on a motion that charged Chalpdelaine with three “principal” failures and 13 detailed failures. A copy of the motion is at the end of this article.

Raymond said the results have been communicated to RVC Board of Trustees Chairman Chris Johnson and to Chapdelaine. Raymond said the purpose of the vote was to convey to the board the concerns of the faculty. Johnson could not be reached for comment. The vote comes on the heels of the board’s move earlier today to offer incentives to non-faculty to retire early and voluntarily quit. The incentives are a response to RVC’s rising tide of red ink, which amounts to more than $10 million in deficits during the past four years.

Read more details in the Sept. 3 issue of The Rock River Times.


Principle failure charges

1. Failure to maintain continuity of administrative and financial management of the College.

2. Failure to communicate accurate, complete, and timely information to the public and College employees.

3. Failure to protect the integrity and fiscal solvency of the College. Charges

Detailed failure charges

1. Failure to meet deadlines and extensions for reporting financial data to the Illinois Community College Board resulting in unprecedented downgraded Recognition status for the College.

2. Failure to meet deadlines mandated in the Illinois Compiled Statutes for publishing financial statements in the local print media during the past three years.

3. Failure to provide sustainable fiscal policy resulting in substantial erosion of College monetary reserves and incursion of substantial long-term debt.

This has culminated with cutbacks and impending layoffs.

4. Failure to provide the public and College employees with accurate information regarding College fiscal status, in particular ongoing deficit spending.

5. Failure to operate the College with a qualified Chief Financial Officer for a period of at least two years.

6. Failure to hold tuition and fee costs to current levels despite the high local unemployment and financial difficulties among students.

7. Failure to increase numbers of full-time faculty with climbing student enrollments, while reallocating considerable resources to increasing administrative and other services not directly serving students.

8. Failure to sustain employee morale and self-esteem to the extent that classrooms are now being impacted.

9. Failure to provide or sustain previous levels of student employment at the College.

10. Failure to maintain efficient administrative infrastructure to ensure the day-to-day as well as long-term operation of the College.

11. Failure to stabilize the College management by reorganizing the College four times in the past five years.

12. Failure to allow open and free discourse among employees without fear of retribution.

13. Failure to refrain from providing political contributions to local candidates using College funds (reimbursed later only after investigations revealed them).

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