There’s an aspect of the Frederick Community College-Talley affair that hasn’t been mentioned yet, so let me bring it up.

Let’s say that I’m a hotshot college administrator looking for a new job as president of a community college. I see an ad in the Chronicle of Higher Education or I’m contacted by a search firm about a job as president of FCC. What’s the first thing I do? An Internet search for FCC. What pops up? The story that the previous president left after six months because of some mysterious “philosophical differences” with the board, which the board refuses to explain. What do I do now? If I’m concerned about my career and professional reputation, I look for other opportunities and forget about FCC. Why should I put myself at risk? If I’m good, I have choices (and I rule out FCC). If I’m not so good, I might take a chance, but only because I have no other options.

Is this the sort of candidate FCC is looking for? (Flip the scenario: As an employer, would you be keen to hire someone who lasted six months in their last job and left under mysterious circumstances they refuse to explain?) If board of trustees Chairwoman Dixie Miller is “as responsible for this as anybody there,” why doesn’t she resign?

What a fiasco: $46,000 in wasted search fees, an unknown amount of money to buy Talley off, a year or two of wasted time, and a guarantee that no highly qualified candidate will want to apply to be president of FCC. Good work!




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Well said Cavanaugh. ----------- FCC should keep Browning as President until he retires 2014. Don't spend any more tax payers money searching for a new President. Promote from within, That's what FCC does with everyother vacant position. At least one of those many VP's could step up and be President. Oops I forgot FCC wants an outsider to be President. So when things go down somebody else takes the blame. If I was a very well paid VP at FCC I'd love to stay in my coushy job, do what I want with the protection of the board. Since Dixie is so outspoken (And has proven that) let her represent the college at President.


I disagree with your letter. I think anyone that is in the top of their field as you describe has enough self confidence to believe they can do what others can not. If they did not hold those beliefs they would not be a hotshot college administrator. A second tier administrator just might second guess their effectiveness in this job.




The problem with FCC now is that it will no longer be considered an educational school for students...It'll be a political football system, a waste of taxpayer's money and second class education system thru out the country...Time for honest answers to save what's left of it's reputation...Me


dbjanda1, Are you saying that the Board of Trustees will now be a stepping off point for future political positions? I'd hazard a guess that the handling of this matter would be a huge detriment to that goal. However, FCC is and will continue to be an outstanding college irregardles of our negative impressions of the Trustees and Administration. Answers to this debacle and some resignations absolutely.

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