October 17, 2021

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It is a tricky start out for Modesto college’s new president

Modesto Junior College President Santanu Bandyopadhyay

Modesto Junior College or university President Santanu Bandyopadhyay

Modesto Junior School

Santanu Bandyopadhyay is off to a rocky begin as president of Modesto Junior College or university — his new work that took effect Tuesday.

It seems he is headed for a conference with Yosemite Community Faculty District trustees that may possibly “clear the air” or permit him know in which he stands with his overseers.

The new president was approved for the position Might 12 on a 4-2 vote by the Yosemite Neighborhood College District board, which is not a ringing endorsement for a college administrator.

Bandyopadhyay was also a finalist for the leading position at El Camino University in Southern California while looking for the MJC place, and the board customers who solid dissenting votes mentioned they required to see a more robust motivation to Modesto.

Bandyopadhyay arrived underneath sharper criticism when it was exposed he participated in a public forum Could 25 as a person of a few finalists for superintendent and president of Citrus College or university close to Los Angeles, two weeks soon after acquiring the MJC placement paying $240,548 a year.

It raises concerns about his commitment to the Modesto higher education and whether or not he will maintain looking for work somewhere else.

Bandyopadhyay mentioned Wednesday he withdrew from consideration for the Citrus position Saturday. He shared the electronic mail to verify it and a principal included with the Citrus recruitment confirmed he had communicated his decision.

The new president explained he wishes to have a meeting with the YCCD board to see in which he stands.

YCCD Chancellor Henry Yong claimed a discuss with the board, almost certainly powering closed doorways, could materialize at YCCD’s future common board conference June 9.

“It will be beneficial for him to distinct the air with the board and for the board to hear him out,” Yong mentioned.

The chancellor referred to the electronic mail withdrawing from the Citrus research and mentioned he thinks Bandyopadhyay is even now the finest alternative for MJC.

Yong reported the new president has presented to commit two many years to Modesto, which merged with his three many years as president of Columbia College or university close to Sonora and interim president of MJC, would make 5 years of neighborhood service. Columbia and MJC are both administered by the YCCD.

YCCD trustee Milton Richards, who solid 1 of the “no” votes, reported Wednesday his posture has not adjusted.

“I am incredibly dissatisfied he took our career and two weeks later on he interviewed for a different a person,” Richards explained. “To me, a two-12 months motivation is almost nothing.”

Two other board users did not return messages from The Bee.

The tenure of MJC presidents in the past 20 years is a problem. Given that 2000, no considerably less than 14 presidents or interim presidents have occupied the business office as opposed to a statewide common of four in that time interval. The regular tenure of MJC presidents has been 17 months the state typical is 72 months.

Some school supporters like Richards would like to see a new president with longevity.

New president claims there is a lot more to the story

Bandyopadhyay, who has a house in Southern California, explained his marriage with the YCCD board has been much more sophisticated than what is been portrayed in news coverage.

Bandyopadhyay was employed as president of Columbia School in 2018 and he became MJC’s interim president in January just after former leading executive Jim Houpis resigned, citing health care issues, ending 22 months on the occupation.

Bandyopadhyay reported he was not given extensions on his employment contract adhering to an excellent performance evaluate in July 2020 or after currently being assigned to manage equally MJC and Columbia in December. He claimed deal extensions are customary for faculty executives when their critiques are excellent.

Bandyopadhyay was employed last thirty day period as MJC’s official president less than an current agreement that expires June 30, 2022, which is not a contract reflecting motivation for a long tenure.

The new president mentioned the lack of agreement extensions and the 4-2 vote played a job in his conclusion to look for the Citrus situation just after profitable the MJC work.

“Everything is excellent about my efficiency,” Bandyopadhyay said. “After all this, I have a a person-yr contract. I truly feel I have specified my determination to Modesto.”

Bandyopadhyay included that his wife joined the administrative team at Merced Higher education right after he took above as Columbia’s president 3 years ago. She successfully competed for a job as dean of setting up and exploration at MJC, starting up the new role Could 2.

Bandyopadhyay claimed it displays the couple has produced commitments and contributions to training in the Northern San Joaquin Valley.

Yong claimed he thinks the new president has a excellent vision for the higher education. “I believe we just will need to get previous this misunderstanding,” Yong claimed.

MJC has limited-term desires

Although some make a circumstance for a president with longevity, there is a need to have for doing the job short-phrase on obtaining the campuses ready for the fall semester soon after much more than a 12 months of COVID interruptions.

Owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, scholar enrollment is down 20 % at MJC, and Columbia has lost 30 % of its college students, the chancellor stated.

Yong explained the new president is on board with a intention of increased collaboration with K-12 school districts as a way of boosting enrollment at MJC.

He explained that significant college pupils could have broader accessibility to larger education and learning as a result of “dual enrollment”, which suggests taking university classes although in superior school.

Yong claimed Bandyopadhyay has previously achieved with the presidents of Stanislaus Condition College and UC Merced about a system in which MJC pupils could transfer and get a 4-calendar year diploma at an reasonably priced expense.

On Tuesday, Bandyopadhyay despatched an update to learners urging them to enroll for fall lessons. The junior college or university is functioning with the county and condition health officers to offer 268 class sections on campus in the tumble, particularly labs and vocation technological schooling, about a person fourth of what is supplied throughout a regular semester.

It’s a starting level as administrative staff members look at giving extra classes for in-person instruction, when a lot of pupils remain on distant discovering. Bandyopadhyay reported there has been no selection on no matter if COVID-19 vaccinations will be a requirement for learners returning to lecture rooms on campus.

As for an approaching meeting with the board, he reported, “I will just notify the board I require to know exactly where I stand, if they have have confidence in in my capabilities. I want to know that. I have that right as an employee.”

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Ken Carlson handles county government and wellness treatment for The Modesto Bee. His coverage of public well being, drugs, shopper wellness troubles and the enterprise of health and fitness treatment has appeared in The Bee for 15 yrs.