SCC Pres. Roberts To Leave College June 2021

President’s contract terminated by board of trustees


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SCC President Cheryl Roberts speaks at an employee anniversary awards luncheon, May 24, 2016.

Emma Dortsch, Copy Editor

SCC President Cheryl Roberts will leave her position at the college this June as a result of a for-convenience termination by the board of trustees.

On May 3, a notice sent to college faculty announced a May 4 board of trustees meeting intended to “review the performance of a public employee” and take action on the president’s contract.

At the meeting, the board unanimously approved the following motion: “That the Shoreline Community College Board of Trustees exercise the termination for convenience provision in the College President’s contract and establish a separation date of June 30, 2021.”

Roberts had previously announced her retirement in a Feb. 1 email to faculty and staff, providing June 30, 2022 as her last day.

Roberts’ announcement was made as SCC’s faculty senate council prepared a vote of no confidence against her. The vote, held Feb. 10, saw 135 of 388 faculty participate. 116 of the voting faculty members expressed “no confidence” in the president, while nine faculty members expressed “confidence.”

The board of trustees responded to the results in support of Roberts. In a Feb. 25 statement, D’Ambrosio reported the board’s “deep concerns with accepting the Faculty Senate’s vote of no confidence” due to it being “based on entirely too many inaccuracies.”

In a March 5 comment to the board of trustees, faculty senate Chair Tom Genest clarified the senate council’s claims and stated “The Faculty Senate Council was disappointed by the board’s response because it focused on facts that didn’t address the concerns of faculty.”