The incoming chancellor’s contract was approved by the Board of Trustees on Sept. 23rd, and in the three weeks since he has not given an interview or issued a statement regarding his hiring, or his plans for the chancellorship.
In their final meeting of the 2020-21 school year on June 24, the Board of Trustees attempted to tackle several of the pressing issues facing the college.
Since 2011, City College has had more than half a dozen leaders. Analysis by the Guardsman found that chancellorship of the college has changed hands nine times in the last decade.
The Interim Chancellor, who came out of retirement to take on the position, has referred to addressing City College’s financial crisis as “righting the ship”. As he prepares to leave the helm, students and faculty continue to work to reconcile salaries and employment with his administration’s Multi-Year Budget Plan.
A new budget report shows that City College faces a deficit of over 31 million dollars next fiscal year, calling into question the potential for layoffs and reductions.
At the close of a universally heart-rending year, City College has lost two prominent and beloved faculty members. Dr. Henry Augustine and Lyudmila Karapetyan, each in their own way, knit themselves tightly into the City College community, now threadbare and grieving.
“We are not really able to do a good job of training people to work in our industries without an in person learning experience,” Brown laments, noting that even when these offerings are once again permitted they “likely cannot be a part of consideration for one’s grade” due to the current inaccessibility of City College greenhouses to students.
While City College works to bring back hundreds of cut classes, it is awarded the largest grant of five, $32,000, by the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) to develop a Skilled Trades Program.
There is plenty of cause for stress among City College students, many of whom are likely sharing the increased anxiety, depression, and substance abuse that 40% of American adults are reporting, according to a CDC survey conducted over the summer.
Mothers handcuffed to their children, a full-grown man stuffed into a drainpipe, a family of three crammed together in the boot of a car. Under the cover of night they were found and detained by border patrol officers, their moments of fear and loss caught in the glow of Ken Light’s Hasselblad camera.