Failure to Communicate
jobs. And in recent months, the college has lost two vice presidents: VP of finance Steve Hardy, who left in November, and VP for instruction Stuart Blacklaw, who was fired in March.
Many in the school's faculty are appalled at the departures--and at odds with Rose Bellanca, who became the college's fourth president in September 2011. "I used to love coming to work," says history professor and faculty union president Dave Fitzpatrick. "But that's changed now. I have no confidence in the president, and, more importantly, the president has no confidence in me." Carrie Krantz, English department chair and spokesperson for the twenty-five department chairs, agrees. "I love WCC. I endowed a scholarship here, and what's happening now is breaking my heart."
Just what's happening now isn't easy to understand. Hardy and Blacklaw said nothing when they left and have declined interview requests, Blacklaw noting he'd signed a non-disparagement agreement. And the faculty members the Observer interviewed say communicating with President Bellanca has often been difficult and at times impossible.