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Palomar faculty members calling for vote on President’s performance

Story by Ana Acosta

Forty faculty members have signed a petition asking the Faculty Senate to consider the performance of President/Superintendent Joi Lin Blake’s leadership.

Two English professors, Rafiki Jenkins and Barbara Kelber, presented the petition to the Faculty Senate on Sept. 23. Kelber requested Faculty Senate to conduct a poll for full time faculty members to determine the level of confidence in President Blake’s leadership.

The petition calls for immediate consideration of President Blake’s job performance, claiming Blake has failed to “consistently observe the policies and procedures established through shared governance.”

The petition also states that Blake has shown failure in leadership, citing that multiple administrators have resigned under her Presidency. The document also claims that she has failed to maintain fiscal responsibility.

The Faculty Senate will host a vote whether faculty members have confidence or no confidence in the future of Blake’s presidency.

Professors Lesley Blankenship-Williams and Shannon Lienhart are among those who have signed the petition. Both professors have a history of repeatedly expressing dissatisfaction in Blake’s leadership through the Palomar Files blog (www.palomarfilesblog.com) and during public comment at Governing Board meetings.

The Faculty Senate will provide full-time faculty members with anonymous voting ballots. At the Sept. 30 meeting, members will approve the wording of the poll and then confidential ballots will be distributed and witnessed by an independent third-party.

If the vote is significant, it will be presented to the Governing Board, where board trustees will make a decision on how to respond to the vote. 

UPDATE: President Blake has chosen to withhold comment until the poll is completed.

Here are the Departments and faculty members who signed the petition:

English Department

Jerry Rafiki Jenkins

Barb Neault Kelber

Brent Gowen

Martin Japtok

Pamela McDonough

Andrea Bell

Jennifer A. Backman

 

Behavioral Sciences Dept.

Netta Schroer

Frederic Rose

Jim Eighmey

James Fent

 

Business Administration Department

Michael Gilken

 

Earth, Space and Environmental Sciences Department

Mark Lane

Cathy Jain

 

Biology Department

Elizabeth Pearson

Lesley Blankenship-Williams

Sara Krause

 

Math Department

Wendy Metzger

Jay Weistling

Cynthia Anfinson

Shannon Lienhart

John Harland

 

Library Department

Linda D. Morrow

April Cunningham

 

Reading Department

Melinda Carrillo

 

American Indian Studies Department

Seth San Juan

Patricia A. Dixon

 

Art Department

Mark Hudelson

 

Nursing Department

Julie Van Houten

 

ESL Department

Nimoli Madan

Tracy Fung

Gary Sosa

 

Speech Communications and ASL Department

Chris Lowry

 

World Languages Department

Beatrice Manneh

 

Political Science Department

Peter Bowman

Christopher Johnson

 

Public Safety Department

Kevin Barrett

 

Athletics, Health and Kinesiology Department

Lacey Craft

Joe Early

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