Grateful to have had

support at Nassau Community College

To the thousands of Nassau Community College members from all walks of life who have stood firmly with me during my 17 years of service to the institution, I say thank you [“Let state find new NCC head,” Editorial, April 22].

It was with deep and difficult personal and professional contemplation that I decided to withdraw my name as the next president of NCC, after it was put forward by the board of trustees. My name was advanced after careful evaluation and determination that I would be in a strong position to move this valued institution forward on behalf of our students, in a time of serious budgetary and cultural shifts.

But it became increasingly evident that an irreconcilable and forceful minority on campus would have persisted in efforts to undermine my ability to lead the students and the NCC community in the manner they deserve. It’s both ironic and telling that many of these detractors played a critical role in the presidential selection process as selection committee members. They praised its processes, until it became apparent that I was one of the top candidates.

At that point, they sought to overturn the work of the search committee and the subsequent recommendation of the trustees. For individuals who profess to be enamored of the shared governance process at NCC, their actions speak loudly to a mindset that accepts only those outcomes with which they agree. What’s missing here is that civility, fair-mindedness and collegial discourse are as critical as the lessons we teach in our classrooms.

Kenneth K. Saunders

Garden City

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Editor’s note: The writer is the executive vice president of Nassau Community College.