October 17, 2021

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If new MJC president does not like Modesto, ship him on his way

West campus of Modesto Junior College in July 2020.

West campus of Modesto Junior College or university in July 2020.

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How fully commited is Santanu Bandyopadhyay to Modesto Junior University?

Two months soon after having the job as MJC president, Bandyopadhyay on Tuesday interviewed for the exact position at Citrus Higher education in Southern California.

Simply remarkable.

Perhaps, you say, he was just likely through the motions. Perhaps he really prefers Modesto.

No. Dr. B, as he requested to be termed in his chummy Zoom interview with Citrus College or university, designed it abundantly obvious that he genuinely, actually wishes to be president there.

He lavished praise on that campus, in the San Gabriel Valley between Los Angeles and San Bernardino. He gushed about dreaming of “taking this faculty (Citrus) to be the No. 1 campus across California,” a area to be envied by its 114 other junior faculties, “a primary destination for absolutely everyone to comply with.”

Questioned what draws him to Citrus Faculty, Bandyopadhyay bought starry eyed with adulation for its CEO retention. Its outgoing president stayed 13 several years the one before, 18 years.

“Stability of management is a person of my primary focuses,” he stated.


Bandyopadhyay boasted about his “unique way of bonding with students” at Columbia University in the vicinity of Sonora, where by he was president before accepting the MJC work and a $240,548 annual salary.

“That’s the sort of viewpoint I want to deliver and will deliver to this (Citrus) campus,” he explained. “It’s where my heart is, and exactly where I would like to go.”

Having betrayed Modesto, most likely that — him going absent — is very best.

Two days in advance of the Yosemite Neighborhood School District board voted 4-2 to employ the service of Bandyopadhyay, this Modesto Bee Editorial Board uncovered that no other two-year college or university among 115 in California has endured larger CEO turnover in the previous two a long time than our beloved MJC, which celebrates its 100th anniversary this calendar year.

Considering the fact that 2000, MJC has had 14 presidents or interim presidents the statewide common is four. The regular presidential tenure in that exact time body for MJC is 17 months, although the statewide regular is 72 months.

The thrust of The Bee’s May possibly 9 editorial: Be sure to, YCCD leaders, find anyone to lead MJC who may well adhere all-around a even though.

`Modesto? Perhaps I’ll get a greater offer’

Many thanks to Bee reporter Ken Carlson, visitors understood that Bandyopadhyay was a finalist for the prime career at El Camino School, also in Southern California. Bandyopadhyay did not hassle to point out he also was a finalist at Citrus School. That is mainly because “I was still selecting no matter whether to go for (sic) Citrus interview,” he explained in a modern e mail.

Confronted with editorial board queries promptly following his interview with Citrus on Tuesday, Bandyopadhyay claimed he was as well occupied to converse and recommended waiting a number of days to reveal “this sophisticated subject matter.” He offered terse prepared responses to a few inquiries, like a person questioning his trustworthiness in Modesto.

“Professionals create reliability through their perform,” he claimed. “I will enable my do the job speak for by itself rather than supplying statements.”

YCCD Chancellor Henry Yong, who oversees MJC and Columbia, said he realized Bandyopadhyay was a finalist at the 3 campuses when he made available him the MJC occupation, affirmed by the board vote. Despite the fact that Yong realized Bandyopadhyay prefers the other two, Yong reported he was obligated to follow a recruitment timeline and could not wait around to see if presents would arrive from the other schools.

“If he have been picked (at Citrus), we really should congratulate him on his good results,” Yong mentioned by means of e-mail. “We should not be possessive, and be expecting that just about every administrator in our district will do the job right until retirement or dying, whichever will come 1st. In shorter, YCCD and the group need to rightly sense really very pleased that our establishments furnished these kinds of an successful coaching floor for Dr. Bandyopadhyay.”

It is difficult to believe that that MJC, with wonderful east and west campuses and reliable reputations for nursing and ag applications, can not entice a president who essentially needs to be in this article.

No surprise this when-gem of Modesto has missing a action in current moments, participating in a lesser job in neighborhood leadership and failing to react adequately to workforce instruction requires of numerous community corporations. An institution relegated to the part of stepping stone for bold tutorial CEOs cannot command the respect it relished in prior years.

Let us attempt System B

Contacted independently, both of those YCCD board members who voted versus giving the MJC president task to Bandyopadhyay explained his Citrus interview verified their suspicion about his allegiance to Modesto, or absence thereof.

“I’m glad I voted versus his appointment,” Milton Richards reported in an job interview.

In an e-mail, Leslie Beggs mentioned, “His interviewing for the Citrus job will make it even extra evident that we’re basically a rung on his ladder.”

Bandyopadhyay privately dedicated to Yong to continue to be at MJC two years if he doesn’t get the Citrus gig, Yong claimed. If Citrus would like Bandyopadhyay, “I’ll inform you — we always have a Program B,” Yong said, refusing to say what that is. “We’re not frightened.”

There is no have to have to wait.

The YCCD board need to cancel Bandyopadhyay’s agreement and give the career to a person who basically wants it. An individual with a modicum of loyalty and transparency, who will give a lot more than lip company to our persons and our group. Anyone who loves Modesto.

Someone who is in it for a lot more than himself.

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