Thursday, February 2, 2012

Former CR President On Verge of Dismissal

Posted By on Thu, Feb 2, 2012 at 3:48 PM

Jeff Marsee

UPDATE 7:52 p.m.: Marsee has been placed on administrative leave.

It must feel like déjà vu for controversial former College of the Redwoods President/Superintendent Jeff Marsee.

Just eight months into his new job as president of San Joaquin Delta College, Marsee on Monday received overwhelming votes of "no confidence" from staff and faculty unions (whose complaints sound remarkably similar to those leveled against him by CR employees). Delta College's Board of Trustees is meeting today to discuss the possible discipline or termination of Marsee.

Critics at Delta accuse Marsee of showing "blatant disregard" for policies and procedures, being "dictatorial," failing to communicate transparently and employing "intimidation and fear tactics" -- a litany that reflects local complaints nearly word for word.

One complaint we didn't hear while Marsee was at CR? This one, as reported by the Lodi News Sentinel:

In one memorable presentation, a student stepped forward to say he had been a victim of harassment regarding his sexuality, and that requests for help from Marsee and others in the administration went unheeded.

"I went to Marsee's office and told him what was happening," said Jimmy Altes. "He looked at me and said, ‘If you don't want to be harassed or bullied for being gay, don't be gay.'"

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