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Suffolk CC faculty: Board mishandled president search

The Ammerman Campus of Suffolk Community College.

The Ammerman Campus of Suffolk Community College. Credit: Wikipedia user Americasroof

A faculty assembly at Suffolk County Community College's Brentwood campus Tuesday lambasted the board of trustees for disclosing their former dean, Shaun McKay, has been passed over for college president and urged the board to reconsider his name to head the 24,000 student school.

Brentwood campus' academic assembly voted 48-6 with seven abstentions for the emergency resolution 24 hours after Ernesto Mattace, trustee and search committee chairman, publicly disclosed that the board offered the president's job to Ray DiPasquale, president of Community College of Rhode Island, who turned it down.

In their resolution, the assembly said the disclosure "breached" the confidentiality of the presidential search and "disparaged" finalist McKay, who is currently the college's interim executive vice president. The resolution called the "violation of process and disparagement . . . causes for deep concern that calls into question the competence and professionalism of the current board."

The measure also "expresses its confidence in the leadership" of McKay and asked the board to consider naming him president.

English professor Jeff Kluewer, who proposed the resolution, said many faculty members were upset by the public disclosure that McKay was passed over. "It was a slap in the face that he did not deserve," he said.

Mattace, reached later, declined to comment on details of the resolution or whether he had made a mistake with his announcement Monday. However, Mattace only made his announcement after officials on Rhode Island publicly disclosed that DiPasquale had turned down the Suffolk job and was taking on an added role as acting commissioner of higher education.

"They have a right under the first amendment to voice an opinion," Mattace said. "We will always listen to anyone who wants to speak to the board. I don't have any problem with that."

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