Have A Say In The Next President For Merced College
July 28, 2016
County residents have an opportunity to have a say in the
next president of Merced College, and a series of meetings
have been held for that purpose.
The response has been light considering the importance of
this one person and the future of our community college.
We have been treated with front page, expose-type articles
in the daily press, implying that the college and its interim
administrator has used the position to achieve personnel
(political) ends, however, the articles have been one-sided
because anything said by the interim president could become
a legal issue or a personnel issue which she can not discuss
under normal contract negotiations.
Besides, Susan Walsh, the interim president has repeatedly
said that she has no interest in becoming the full-time
president, and she has encouraged the community to get involved
in the selection of a new president of Merced College.
In selection of a new Merced College President there are
several issues involved.
Should the new president be a local resident? Should he
or she come from Merced County, the San Joaquin Valley or
the State of California?
Should he or she be open to the local community on a regular
Once hired, should he or she live in Merced County?
What kind of a background should the new president have?
Must he or she be a president of another college? Should
he or she be on the administrative staff of another college?
How important are credentials to the new president?
Is anyone on the present staff of Merced College qualified
to become the new president? If so, who would that be? Would
someone from UC Merced be acceptable as the new president?
If so, why? If not, why not?
What would be the goals of the new president? Can these
goals be broken down into Merced College goals, personal
goals or community goals?
Should a new president be involved in community clubs and
organizations? How important is open contact with the community
be? How important is an Open Door policy on campus where
staff and students can communicate with the new president?
Should a separate time be set up specially for such an Open
Door Policy to function?
Finally, in response to some of the front page articles
in the news recently: Should the Merced College President
and the Board of Directors of the college have a say in
how the Merced College police department conducts itself