October 28, 2021

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MJC’s controversial new president gets contract extension

Modesto Junior College President Santanu Bandyopadhyay

Modesto Junior University President Santanu Bandyopadhyay

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The board of trustees over Modesto Junior University held a shut-door meeting Wednesday to smooth items over with the college’s new president.

The discussion was closed to the general public. But Santanu Bandyopadhyay emerged as the college’s new president with a eyesight. He was offered a two-12 months extension on his agreement, by June 2024, and was awarded a $5,000 reward, in accordance to the board report out of shut session.

Yosemite Local community Faculty District trustees ratified the employment final decision on a 7- vote. It glosses above a former 4-2 selecting vote May possibly 12 that the new president reported was upsetting.

Bandyopadhyay was beaming when the board convened in community session on Zoom. “Thank you for the extension on my deal,” Bandyopadhyay mentioned, adding that he was donating the $5,000 bonus to the MJC Foundation in honor of the college’s centennial this yr.

Trustee Milton Richards solid one particular of the “no” votes when Bandyopadhyay was selected for the work May 12. He said he changed his check out following the new president held talks with board users in sets of two. Richards claimed he created the movement Wednesday to extend the president’s agreement.

“We all make problems,” Richards claimed. “He looked me in the eye and sold me that he wants to be right here. He has a seriously excellent eyesight on what he would like to do for the faculty and college students.”

Bandyopadhyay, the previous Columbia Faculty administrator who was named interim president of MJC in January, produced a stir final month when he interviewed for the best article of one more community faculty two times just after accepting the MJC situation shelling out $240,548 per year.

Two months later, he took component in a May perhaps 25 on-line discussion board as a person of the finalists for superintendent and president of Citrus Faculty around Los Angeles.

Bandyopadhyay, who has a household in the Southern California, experienced also been a finalist for the prime submit at El Camino Faculty in that location when looking for the MJC place. But the El Camino occupation went to an additional applicant.

Bandyopadhyay instructed a Modesto Bee reporter final 7 days that the 4-2 YCCD vote to use him as MJC president and a preceding lack of contract extensions didn’t present him substantially career security in Modesto, 1 purpose he interviewed for the Citrus Higher education occupation. “Put yourself in my shoes,” he mentioned.

The administrator, who was employed at Columbia School in Sonora in 2018, was operating on a deal established to expire in June 2022. The agreement had been extended once but remained the exact when Bandyopadhyay was employed for the MJC place May 12.

Very last week, YCCD Chancellor Henry Yong recommended a meeting involving Bandyopadhyay and board members would very clear the air.

The YCCD issued a push launch Wednesday night outlining the new president’s vision for Modesto’s neighborhood school. Plans incorporate setting up a robust partnership with Modesto City Schools and other university districts giving college students the chance to earn school credits before graduating from superior college.

Other aims:

— Creating pathways with UC Merced and Stanislaus Condition College for MJC students, earning an associate degree, to transfer and entire a four-yr diploma with nominal student credit card debt.

— Creating facilities of excellence for improving upon educating and learning in the article-pandemic time period.

— Collaborating with community firms and industries on task preparedness.

— Doing the job with civic organizations to tackle psychological well being troubles, foodstuff insecurity and shelter requires.

“I will strive to execute these ambitions and reassess the circumstance, when we reach these goals, to carve out the route ahead,” Bandyopadhyay reported in the information launch.

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Ken Carlson handles county governing administration and wellbeing care for The Modesto Bee. His protection of public well being, drugs, consumer health problems and the small business of well being care has appeared in The Bee for 15 yrs.