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Two trustees depart Suffolk college board

Suffolk Community College may be on the verge of getting a new president, but has lost two trustees in the in the time-consuming process of searching for a new top administrator.

Thomas Germano, who joined the board last summer, file his letter of resignation Jan. 10, saying, “I am unable to commit the time and effort necessary to do justice to the position.”

Another trustee, David Ochoa, resigned Jan 19, citing “health concerns.” Ochoa underwent surgery recently forcing him to miss some of the final meetings concerning presidential selection.

However, sources say that Ochoa had opposed the hiring of acting executive vice president Shaun McKay with the statement he did not do well in his initial interview. Ochoa made his resignation effective Jan. 29 before the trustees planned the Feb. 11 meeting where they are expected to vote on a presidential contract for McKay. It is the second board setback for Ochoa, who sought to become chair of the board last year but was outpolled by Ernesto Mattace.

McKay will not only have to deal with two new legislative appointees on the 10 member board, but potentialy two new gubernatorial appointees, since the terms of Republicans Jerry Kane and Belinda Alvarez Groneman are up in June.

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