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CCC board supports president, could not agree with faculty

2013-05-20T22:09:00Z 2013-05-21T17:17:07Z CCC board supports president, could not agree with facultyGreg Mason The Citizen Auburn Citizen
May 20, 2013 10:09 pm  • 

AUBURN | The Cayuga Community College Board of Trustees expressed its full support in college president Daniel Larson and the administration during Monday night's special meeting at the college.

The meeting comes in the wake of a no-confidence vote in Larson by three of the four college's unions. The unions sent the board communication about the no-confidence vote last week.

Following a closed-door executive session Monday night that lasted roughly three and a half hours, the board released a written statement at the end meeting, which was read by board Chairman John Camardo.

"The Board of Trustees supports the College President and the Administration as they move forward to define solutions for the enrollment and budget issues," the statement said. "We will fully review the current financial situation to better understand the issues and address them."

Larson also released a written statement thanking the board for its support.

"Although I understand the frustration of the faculty and staff with the difficult situation facing the college, I am confident the college community — faculty, staff, and students — will work as partners to achieve these goals," Larson said in the statement.

In addition, the board released another written statement addressing the negotiations between the college and the Faculty Association bargaining unit. The board was "unable to reach an agreement with the Faculty Association" due to a "disagreement as to terms."

"We discussed the terms of this Memorandum of Agreement this week with the Faculty Association, and it is now clear that the parties have not and cannot reach an agreement," the statement said.

"We therefore will be pursuing financial relief through other means to address our budget shortfall."

These "other means" include increasing efforts to receive a loan and "right-sizing our staffing," according to the release.

Larson did not comment on the exact terms that caused the disagreement.

"There were a number of working pieces that needed to come together and they didn't come together," he said.

Larson also did not comment on future negotiations with the Faculty Association.

"The statement stands," he said. "Beyond that, there is no comment."

Also on Monday night, The Faculty Association and Educational Support Professionals bargaining units announced they have also passed a vote of no confidence in Diane Hutchinson, CCC vice president of administration and finance.

A press release from Eric Zizza, president of the Faculty Association, as well as Jo Ann Harris and Theresa Rogalski, ESP Co-Presidents, stated a number of reasons for the vote. The units claim Hutchinson "was irresponsible" in basing the budget on "unrealistically optimistic" budgetary goals and for "not protecting the reserve fund."

"Among other issues, this vote stems from the belief that the vice president allowed the College's reserves to be spent down to dangerously low levels," Zizza said.

The vote was not addressed at Monday night's board meeting.

Hutchinson was not immediately available for comment.

Staff writer Greg Mason can be reached at 282-2239 or greg.mason@lee.net. Follow him on Twitter at CitizenMason.

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(15) Comments

  1. Nathan3669
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    Nathan3669 - May 23, 2013 1:54 am
    I am a recent graduate from this fine University and proud of my status! Cayuga Community College is a fantastic college and I have been privileged to work with so many FANTASTIC staff and professors of the college. I was also lucky to be employed as a worker at the college which I will always treasure with admiration! With that said, I believe that this whole issue is ridiculous! I believe that so many steps were taken without full thought, such as buying the new campus that houses the Fulton Campus. It is a fantastic campus however it seems that it was done just based on a one time increase! Why should so many wonderful employees feel worry for their jobs because of judgement of administration?. Why not a large decrease in salary for Administration such as Daniel Larson or Jeffrey Rosenthal? They wish to take away jobs or salary of others!! Why should wonderful Professors who spend everyday trying to make great changes in our life suffer? "SAVE OUR PROFESSORS!
  2. Mr bwash
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    Mr bwash - May 22, 2013 6:12 am
    I truly do not have a point yet ... I am trying to gather information to help me formulate a POV

    When I look online I see that Carla DeShaw's office with a staff of 10 includes 4 typists ... And this seems really odd to me. Seems like a disproportionally high number of typists

    Is their really a Clerical Union?

    Any and all information you can share with me will be greatly appreciated

    Thank you very much!
  3. MrDuck
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    MrDuck - May 21, 2013 8:38 pm
    I think Mr bwash has a dirty dream about the Naughty Typists.... He can easily call Cayuga County Civil Service and ascertain how many full time civil service typists/senior typists there are to cover two full campus's. To answer Yellowdog.... there are 28 ESP union employees for ALL of Cayuga. What is your point, Mr BwA$$h.
  4. yellowdog
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    yellowdog - May 21, 2013 8:21 pm
    Well, its about the third time I've seen you ask this and yes, I can probably give you an answer. But if you don't have a point then why ask? You obviously have a point. So lets be more clear - are you asking how my people work at the Auburn and Fulton campus with the title "Typist" or are you asking a more general "how many people work in the clerical union" ?
  5. Sage
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    Sage - May 21, 2013 8:09 pm
    The people of Auburn, Cayuga County, and all surrounding areas that send students here should be outraged by this! Education is so important to our future, to our childrens future, to Auburns future. Are we going to let these spend happy, some one else can bail us out, financial know nothings ruin a great College so they can line their pockets ( remember Dr. Larson got 8% in raises over the last 2 years, 5% while they knew the College was in trouble!)
    I certainly hope not. Everyone in town stand up and say something! Larson must go!
  6. Mr bwash
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    Mr bwash - May 21, 2013 6:49 pm
    I don't have a point. And am not obsessed with anything

    I'm looking for an answer to my question.

    Do you have one for me?

    If not please leave me alone. Thank you very much!
  7. LipstickOnAPig
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    LipstickOnAPig - May 21, 2013 12:57 pm
    Someone please refresh my memory, because it's a bit fuzzy, but as I recall...

    Once Upon A Time Mr. Larson became the new president of Cayuga Community College, soon after plans were announced to build a state-of-the-art theatre in downtown Auburn, the excitement grew, and then a developer came rolling into town, with all his millions, Mr. Falcone I believe his name to be. He jumped onboard, said he was going to build a new hotel, because Auburn was going to need this due to all the tourism that the theatre was going to bring into town. And the existing hotels in Auburn would not be sufficient enough to handle the overload.
    As discrepancies ensued over zoning, and planning of the new hotel, Mr. Larson was busy giving press releases about the college's plans to purchase the P&C building up in Fulton. Of course no agreements could be reached between the owners of the building and the college, so one day Mr. Falcone underhandedly bought the P&C building out from underneath the college. Mr. Falcone then raised the price tag by two million dollars....and the college bought it!!!! Now Mr. Falcone profited two million dollars which he no doubt used to finance the construction of the Hilton Garden Inn, in beautiful downtown Auburn, all thanks in part to the college and their purchase of the P&C building in Fulton. And now the tourists of Auburn have a lovely new hotel to frolic and play in---The End
  8. Mr Auburn
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    Mr Auburn - May 21, 2013 9:58 am
    Who cares about the typist, one should care about teachers and the impact they have on students attending the college. The college is a place of learning and helping students
  9. yellowdog
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    yellowdog - May 21, 2013 9:57 am
    Mr Bwash - you are obsessed with knowing the % of "typists" work at CCC? what is your point?
  10. Mr Auburn
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    Mr Auburn - May 21, 2013 9:56 am
    Only in America would this happen. LOL
  11. Mr Auburn
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    Mr Auburn - May 21, 2013 9:55 am
    Interesting about the backgrounds about the BOT. One would think that they are highly educated and looking out for the well being of the college. And to keep a president that has a doctorate in music and no business sense.
  12. Mr Auburn
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    Mr Auburn - May 21, 2013 9:53 am
    The college is very top heavy in administrators. The college is a place of learning and there should be emphasis on hiring and bringing in good long term qualified teachers.
    Basic business model is to spend less that you bring in. Maybe Dr. Larson and the BOT should take a Intro to Business course and learn that concept.
    It looks like the wagons have circled around their boy and nothing will get him out.
  13. Mr bwash
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    Mr bwash - May 21, 2013 8:33 am
    WOW.

    Getting litigious with the vp of finance after #'s are set & not met?

    How many typists are on the Staff @ CCC? And what percentage of the total CCC workforce are Typists?
  14. Sage
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    Sage - May 21, 2013 7:01 am
    When the "right sizing" begins how will the employees who helped the College by taking unpaid days off be treated? I'm afraid the BOT dropped the ball here, Dr. Larson will contine to run the College into financial ruin while they pat him on the back for his great work. It seems obvious that political appointees, friends of friends, and political favors have made a Board that is too weak to fix this situation. By backing Larson it only proves that they have been aware and involved in the financial crisis at the College, and that a used car salesman, an aging librarian,a chicken farmer,an insurance salesman, and various small town politicians have no idea how to run a College. Maybe the College should have a VONC in the Board!
  15. patchwork
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    patchwork - May 21, 2013 6:45 am
    Let me get this straight. The college makes unrealistic projections on student enrollment, entertains all kinds of ways to spend money that they don't have, burns through millions in cash, waits until they have a major shortfall to alert the community and then asks the bargaining units to bail them out. Then to top it off the board endorses the efforts of the acting CEO...Seriously?
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