Tricoli out as Perimeter president; college faces a $16 million shortfall

Last week, a reader sent me and other AJC reporters a tip that the president of Georgia Perimeter College was out due to an audit that revealed a shortfall in the millions of dollars. Our higher ed reporter has been chasing down the lead ever since.

Today, the chancellor released a letter confirming that Anthony Tricoli was stepping down, but Hank Huckaby offers no  details of what led to the $16 million shortfall and why it was not caught until now.

Clearly, Tricoli is not a candidate for the UGA presidency, as several blog posters suggested last week after the news broke that Michael Adams was retiring next year.

We have several Georgia Perimeter College employees who sometimes comment on the blog. Folks, can you enlighten us on this mess?

Here is the AJC.com story by reporter Laura Diamond.

Georgia Perimeter College President Anthony Tricoli has stepped down after officials disclosed that the college has a $16 million budget shortfall, Chancellor Hank Huckaby announced in a letter sent to staff Monday.

The shortfall is for  the 2012 fiscal year that ends June 30. The college received about $50.2 million in state allocations for the year, according to university system figures.

Tuition and fees will not be increased to cover the shortfall, Huckaby wrote in the letter obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.  Instead, the college has suspended contracts, cut travel, delayed hiring and implemented other steps, Huckaby wrote.

The college and system staff are preparing a plan to balance the 2013 fiscal year budget since the underlying shortfall will continue, he said. “We do not know at this time precisely the impact in every budget area, but it will be significant and will likely impact personnel,” Huckaby wrote. “These actions are necessary to address a shortfall of this magnitude.”

Tricoli stepped down because “of the need for a fresh approach,” Huckaby wrote.

Alan Jackson, the vice president of academic affairs, will serve as acting president until Huckaby appoints in interim president.

Tricoli started has been with GPC since 2006. Since then enrollment has grown by about 7,000 students with more than 26,000 students taking classes at sites in Alpharetta, Clarkston, Covington, Decatur and Dunwoody. It is the state’s third-largest public college, behind University of Georgia and Georgia State University.

From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog

188 comments Add your comment

bootney farnsworth

May 7th, 2012
5:53 pm

its simple. that arrogant so and so refused to stop spending despite the fact we were going broke.

service learning
sustainablity
community gardens
military outreach
student clinic
Jimmy Carter visit
and that man loves to throw parties

at a time when we needed to be retrenching and refocusing, he was
obsessed with getting us to State status.

he came in the door with one eye already on the exit

bootney farnsworth

May 7th, 2012
5:54 pm

and don’t forget the rampant cronyism. this whole financial affair is just part of the trainwreck known as Tricoli

Double Zero Eight

May 7th, 2012
5:57 pm

It got too big, too fast. There are too many campuses.

JacketFan

May 7th, 2012
6:00 pm

@Bootney – Most of these things you listed – service learning, sustainability, community gardens, military outreach – are good for the college and good for the community at-large. Service learning initiatives are largely funded through grants. Military Outreach is incredibly important for the state and the nation and will be a program that will bring money lt the college. And if you don’t get that sustainability is now, more than ever, important to the fiscal survival of the college, you are as stupid as you are ignorant. As to the gardens, they represent not only incredible learning opportunities for our students and faculty, but also serve as vehicles to improving town and gown relationships, addressing significant issues such as food security, which faces many of the communities we serve.

bootney farnsworth

May 7th, 2012
6:02 pm

this is a tribute to how one man’s ego can destroy a school.
it was worth your butt to try to tell him anything he didn’t want to hear

Concerned GPC Prof

May 7th, 2012
6:03 pm

It had nothing to do with the size of the institution. It was cronyism and mismanagement, pure and simple. The housecleaning won’t be complete until the VPAA and the Dean of English are sent packing, as well, and the people they fired for no reason are restored to their positions.

yes i am worried

May 7th, 2012
6:04 pm

I think he was too ambitious for this state. He brought the California model (which has lots of merit) to an underfunded system. For those that know, he got agreements with most (all?) of the state’s 4 year colleges to accept GPC graduates that met the standards set by each school. It is a fabulous plan, especially given the escalating college costs.

bootney farnsworth

May 7th, 2012
6:05 pm

@ jacketfan,

for you perhaps, but not while we’re going broke.
at some point you gotta stop spending – especially when broke

you can call me ignorant and stupid, but hell – even I can figure that one out.

hope you still feel this way when your job disappears

JacketFan

May 7th, 2012
6:05 pm

Oh, look, the camps are already forming. Big surprise. The old, stale guard is already calling for the heads of the VPAA. *eyeroll*

bootney farnsworth

May 7th, 2012
6:06 pm

@ concerned,

the housecleaning’s gotta go a lot deeper than that.

bootney farnsworth

May 7th, 2012
6:08 pm

@ yes,

nearly every time we bring in somebody from the west coast – we meaning the BOR – it ends up in some version of this. we really gotta start hiring people who get who we are and how we work.

bootney farnsworth

May 7th, 2012
6:09 pm

the pro/anti Tricoli camps formed a long time ago.

bootney farnsworth

May 7th, 2012
6:11 pm

what I never understood about him is if he didn’t wish to be president of a middle of the road two year school,

why’d he take the job?

Ron Burgundy

May 7th, 2012
6:12 pm

RENAME IT DEKALB COMMUNITY COLLEGE AND WATCH THE PROFITS SOAR!

Jimmy Jam

May 7th, 2012
7:17 pm

Cronyism is what destroyed the college. Too many unqualified people holding decision-making positions. The BOR needs to begin by having several department heads (and even whole departments) reapply for their jobs– they will be shocked to see the lack of relevant credentials of some of the college’s leaders- as evidenced by the financial officers who ran the school into a $16 million hole, for example. But several department heads should not be in decision making positions because they don’t hae the education or relevant experience.
The BOR can really do some good here if they put in the work. Otherwise the college will continue to be mismanaged.

JacketFan

May 7th, 2012
7:37 pm

@JimmyJam – I agree, but we did just go through SACS. Those things will pan out if you are correct.

Longtime GPC Insider

May 7th, 2012
7:48 pm

No one saw this coming? Governor’s appointed BOR is deaf, dumb & dumber, and blind. 2 weeks ago, Tricoli forced a resolution through faculty senate to change the name to Georgia Perimeter STATE College. Supposedly, the BOR had only told him the day before that they would approve it, and they had to have an answer 2 days later. Given that it cost over $1million to change the name of GA Health Sciences, imagine the cost to re-brand 5 campuses. Hopefully, the BOR will reconsider this unnecessary and idiotic cost.

P.S. English dept. faculty scared and miserable. All of this – tip of an iceberg named GA Perimeter TITANIC College.

I love GPC, and our students, but GPC needs a major investigation and clear-out. Cronyism galore – just like the Jacqueline Belcher days. Same people on all committees. Many hated & incompetent campus dept. chairs. New promotion & tenure procedure violates BOR policies – BOR ignored it, even when Tricoli forced it ahead despite 2 faculty senate votes against.

Look back a few years – when GPC officials’ lack of oversight cost many $.

dedicated faculty member

May 7th, 2012
7:58 pm

I’ve been at GPC fulltime for five years, earlier as an adjunct when I was teaching full-time at another college. Call me naive — I thought Tricolli was all about the students and moving into the future (at the expense of the faculty, yes, but whatever). And then — cronyism appeared. The English Dean was hired at his call. Jensen retroactively changed faculty evaluations and removed FOUR Department chairs because they were courageous enough to speak up for their faculty and/or challenge her — even though it might cost them their positions. These are people with integrity, the people who truly represent GPC. I do hope things are restored to their former state.

I have wanted to speak up for so long. And btw — I don’t believe that the VPAA should be removed. I’ve always respected him. But maybe that’s just more of my gullibility.

NBCT

May 7th, 2012
7:59 pm

These people get paid tons of money and they can’t get it together? Its sad really,.. he will get a golden parachute and the college will have to pick up the pieces.

NW GA Math/Science Teacher

May 7th, 2012
8:16 pm

Why move him to the “system central office” if he did a poor job? Open.Georgia.gov says almost $200K last year. Is he really that valuable, that we need to just make something for him to do somewhere else? When we wonder what’s broken about education and where all the money goes…

Fact Man

May 7th, 2012
8:17 pm

The budget manager left a few months back and his replacement discovered that he hadn’t been properly entering costs and purchases into the system . . . for the past several years. I think it is sad that people are blaming this on anything other than the accounting mistake that it was. How is a president supposed to know he’s overspending when the budget office is giving him phony numbers?

Fact Man

May 7th, 2012
8:22 pm

On the issue of the English Dean, I only count two chairs gone, one of them before the evaluations even started. Perhaps it isn’t cronyism, but in-fighting and misinformation that are the problems. For instance, I find it interesting that people are talking about the English Dean and evaluations when the topic was supposed to be budgets.

Longtime GPC Insider

May 7th, 2012
8:28 pm

They have to keep him on. He has a $500,000 “house” to pay for and a wife working as a college president in east TN to support. He certainly needs the money, and probably knows about a few skeletons. Appropriate that he’ll be involved in “long-distance education” – if he has to commute to Athens. Maybe they’ll send the ‘copter for him every day.

catlady

May 7th, 2012
8:30 pm

What a cluster++++. And they move him to the Central Office? Guess they are taking a page from the K-12 arena?

Mildly Amused

May 7th, 2012
8:35 pm

I remember when he sent out an email to all employees asking for ideas to save money. What competent leader has to resort to polling all employees to manage the finances of a college? I doubt more than a handful of people at the college are sorry to see him go. Dig deeper AJC, there is a lot more dirt to be uncovered! This man has been driving the college into the ground for years, all for personal gain. I for one am glad to see the egomaniac laid low. I am only sorry that the rest of us will have to suffer due to his incompetence.

Good ole Boys at the Gold Dome

May 7th, 2012
8:38 pm

Gov.Deal needs to set example and tell his friend Huckaby to fire him !!! Why would you move him to central office????

NW GA Math/Science Teacher

May 7th, 2012
8:45 pm

Sadly, Catlady is spot-on about “business as usual” for K-12.

How many admin really impact a school (positively) as much as multiple teachers? Couldn’t we just take it in turns to act as a sort of executive for the week and have our decisions ratified by a special bi-weekly council? (With apologies to Python)

Actually, apart from the time frame, sounds a bit like a more powerful version of a faculty senate…

JazzyMcK

May 7th, 2012
8:53 pm

As a student and SGA member I will say that Dr.T is one of the best things that has ever happened to GPC. He is very down to earth and genuinely cares about the students and it shows. I think it is horrible that he has stepped down and I hope that he will be replaced by someone as good as he is.

Chris

May 7th, 2012
9:05 pm

Whether you like President Tricoli or not, stick to the facts. The executive vice president of financial and administrative affairs who was made the number two person under a former interim president years ago and who was considered the “best” budget manager in the state and his assistant VP were let go because they weren’t minding the shop. The former budget manager who escaped in the nick of time to Chattahoochee Tech was keeping a ledger on a piece of paper in his desk draw, and his two supervisors (both vice presidents) missed it. The president met with his Executive VP of Financial Affairs regularly for updates on the budget. When the “best” budget manager in the state reports all is well, what was the president supposed to do? Get out his calculator and add the columns just to be sure? Dr. Tricoli is unfortunately collateral/political damage. It’s sad because he is the most innovative, creative president we’ve had in the past 25 years. If the chancellor wants a “fresh approach,” he should have kept President Tricoli at GPC. Thanks, Dr. T., for all you did.

hopeful

May 7th, 2012
9:06 pm

I’ve been a staff member at the college for more than 20 years and I have to say the best years were the years Marvin Cole was our President. Belcher was the beginning of the end and Tricoli ended it…

What is next for GPC??? I pray we overcome the scandals and focus on the students who are there for an education as well as the employees who have dedicated their careers to the college.

At this point it looks as though we are losing. GPC has the faculty, staff and students to get past this. Let’s step up and show everyone we can win!

old cool cat

May 7th, 2012
9:07 pm

Follow the money, people. Twenty-one million dollar “shortfall.” The taxpayers, the school, the faculty and staff and the students will suffer because of this. I hope the auditors and the GBI will be investigating. Twenty-one million dollars. Shortfall sounds as if we didn’t take in as much money as expected but that is NOT the case. We expected money not to go missing but it did. Money doesn’t get “lost” all by itself.

And service learning and sustainability projects can be good for a school and for the students but the amount of money GPC spend on these projects and others was unnecessary.

who is managing who

May 7th, 2012
9:09 pm

I want to know who was suppose to watch the man or woman that handles the money coming into the school? Why is he just finding out about the short fall? Because they’re all friends up in there. Watching the wrong people when someone should have been watching them obviously.

PatDowns

May 7th, 2012
9:16 pm

Here’s a good place to start…Take a look at Financial and Administrative Services. The VP and just about all of the accounting staff cleaned out. Question: why didn’t financial books = bank account balance?

Alanis NotMorrisette

May 7th, 2012
9:18 pm

It’s the cronyism, yeah. Anyone who’s a friend gets a six figure salary to be the Chief Executive Crony in Charge of Thumb-Twiddling. Like the Nepotistic Family Dynasty over in OIT. It’s nice to know that there’s an advancement track for women: marriage to someone with the right last name.

Don’t forget the gold-plated toilet seats, either. Last time they had furloughs OIT staff had to sit in an unheated construction site so the CIO could have prettier bathrooms in their rented space. Well, as long as they’re not wasting money on trivial things like people who actually support instruction…

Of course, the corruption pre-dates Tricoli. Don’t even get me started on the former CIO who flew his friend out from California every week. You know, the consultant he hired to replace him. He could pay for that, but he failed to renew the RedHat site license, leaving vital systems without security patches. Oddly, as soon as they had a security audit he announced he was leaving. Hm. Curious, that. He also lied to the VPFA to get a contract with a company he had a financial relationship with.

They need to send Rob Watts back in to clean house.

Just the Facts

May 7th, 2012
9:27 pm

Hey “Dedicated Faculty Member”; Since you’re buddies with the VPAA, ask HIM for the facts.
1. One chair was canned by the Dean of English after multiple chances–even HR said to send him back to the classroom. VPAA endorsed it. 2. The Dean of HUMANITIES canned chair two–he recommended multiple times to send her back to the classroom. VPAA agreed. 3. Another chair was promoted. Don’t know who the fourth is since the rest are still there. Don’t think I’m right? Ask the VPAA before you repost.

Captain P-Card

May 7th, 2012
9:27 pm

Many people at GPC knew that a house cleaning was coming–it was just a matter of time. Some people tried over the past 5-6 years to get BOR/USG officials to respond to documented proof of numerous unethical financial activities and breaches of BOR, state, and federal policy. Often there was no response, or a completely inadequate response. The problems with higher eduction in GA started when Stephen Portch arrived in the mid 1990’s. A recent article in the Athens Banner Herald on the lack of oversight of some 3 billion in debt that has accumulated in the USG due to public-private venture funding got it right when the writer cited Portch’s deregulating of the USG and allowing institutions to operate as independent “fiefdoms.” Many other negative changes came in during Portch’s years as chancellor, and Huckaby appears to be the first chancellor since him who has made an effort to reestablish some oversight and accountability. Nobody held Pres. Belcher in check during here 10-year reign, and Tricoli inherited the same freedoms and lack of oversight. But he had an even bigger ego and ambitions. Many of his grand schemes were costly and had little or nothing to do with the basic academic mission of the college. Go back 6 years and look at all of the high paying new bureaucratic positions he created during his time at GPC. Look at the huge expenditures on marketing. In the meantime, he and his hand picked academic administrators did nothing to support academic quality. I still remember reading the email in which Tricoli celebrated the fact that GPC was officially “exempted” from administering the Regents’ Exam in basic reading and composition. Nothing like doing away with monitoring of basic skills in core areas to speed up the “progress” of students and haul in more money. This change occurred through the academic administration without any participation of faculty or appropriate committees. It also showed that BOR officials had little or no interest in holding institutions accountable for basic academic standards. If the BOR doesn’t care, then why should Tricoli? I also agree that cronyism was rampant in Tricoli’s administration. Administrators who disagreed with him were bullied and minimalized, and only people who catered to his whims and demands were promoted and allowed to keep positions of power. This created a completely closed system in which faculty had no voice and nowhere to turn when they saw abuses and unethical practices. But finally, Tricoli and his cronies did what most people in power do when there is little or no oversight–they exploited the situation fully, covered up their corrupt practices as long as possible, and did serious damage to the institution. Too bad that so many honest, hard working faculty and staff will suffer for what they have done.

taxpaying teacher

May 7th, 2012
9:35 pm

TODAY, Tricoli sent out an email announcing that he had appointed a “Coordinator of Diversity,” which I am willing to wager carries course release time. Now, diversity in general and GPC’s diversity in particular are wonderful, commendable achievements. When we are $16M in the whole, we can’t afford to deprive even one section of students instruction by a full time faculty member so that someone can run around “coordinating” diversity.

That’s just what we learned about today. Putting the rest of the “coordinators” and “directors” of such and such back into the classroom teaching full time would restore precious dollars to the instructional budget. I can only hope post-Tricoli leadership puts students above invented titles for huge egos.

Sunny D

May 7th, 2012
9:38 pm

Didn’t know all of that was going on the academic side, so the comments can’t be disputed, but the school is in crisis mode and the system is displaying damage control! Don’t believe the okie doke and don’t forget about Fin and Admin Affairs…………………just in case you forgot…….

1. President AT – stepped down
2. Director of Budgets – left in March
3. Director of Accounting Services – demoted, but still employed
3. EVP of Fin and Admin Affairs – retiring
4. AVP of Fin Affairs – ???
5. New Director of Accounting Services
6. New Assistant Director of Accounting Services
5. Bad audit in FY 10
6. Worse audit in FY 11 and who knows what else……..

This failure is a result of mismanagement, incompetence and gross negligence! Poor reflection of the great students, faculty and staff!

CURRENT and POTENTIAL STUDENTS – WE NEED YOU! EXCELLENT ACADEMIC INSTITUTION – ONE OF THE BEST IN THE WORLD!

bootney farnsworth

May 7th, 2012
9:38 pm

while I put the ultimate blame on Tricoli -he’s the boss, and he created the atmosphere of intimidation – he didn’t do this solo.

every memeber of the executive team needs to be looked into

WellThen

May 7th, 2012
9:47 pm

At this point, all of this is just rumor and innuendo. It appears that the budget shortfall was the result of bad accounting procedures, and unfortunately the employees and students at GPC will suffer for the incompetence of a small group of people. People can put this in the context of a larger malaise if they want to, but I think we’re jumping to conclusions. It will take time to figure out how many of these “initiatives” and “centers” have really contributed to the budget shortfalls.

Joe

May 7th, 2012
9:48 pm

These comments show how important it is for a campus to have a strong and responsible voice of dissent. When bullied or made to feel like obstructionists, dissenting faculty and staff cannot provide legitimate alternative viewpoints. The best and most effective ideas do not emerge because they can’t possibly have won out on the battlefield of ideas. Scrutiny is what disappears. When this happens, colleges do function more like corporations in that they become susceptible to massive fluctuations in success and failure as they adopt wholesale the policies of an autocratic leader and an administration selected for its ability to agree. This occurs despite a history of unprecedented stability in our system of higher education that made it the envy of the world. My heart goes out to the faculty and staff at GPC. They are in for tough times. More than anything, though, I’m sad that the GPC students (current and future) will have limited resources and opportunities because of this mess.

JacketFan

May 7th, 2012
9:50 pm

@taxpaying teacher – there are many directors and coordinators in the classroom and many who are helping our faculty improve their classroom teaching to boost learning. The claws are out, I guess. When the proverbial manure hits the fan, it’s good to see how we immediately resort to backbiting and blame.

In the last few hours, I have seen some terrible comments on here from people whom I regard as colleagues. I just about name everyone of you and it’s just damn sad. One side digs in its heels and has been since the start. On the other side there are certainly those who have played the system. However, many of the initiatives and people involved in those initiatives who are being thrown under the bus on this blog are not the people to direct your anger or hurt. I fear this will tear us all apart before all said and done. The damnable thing about it is that we were so close to crossing the threshold of something really great – for our students, our faculty, and communities we serve, from Alpharetta to Clarkston to Newton.

These are the times that test the integrity of a community. I’m sad to say that on day one of this adversity, we have shown ourselves lacking. I hope tomorrow proves different.

Dear Joe

May 7th, 2012
9:53 pm

Be careful Joe about that voice of dissent. Look what happnes near the southeast campus when people speak up http://www.newtoncitizen.com/news/2012/apr/26/alcovy-principal-sues-over-website-comments/

zanderae

May 7th, 2012
9:55 pm

@ Mildly Amused: “I remember when he sent out an email to all employees asking for ideas to save money. What competent leader has to resort to polling all employees to manage the finances of a college?”

Lemme tell you something as a former USG drone: any given employee of such an institution can come up with a whole bunch of money-saving ideas that would never, NEVER be considered by administrators but which could save at least a small chunk of taxpayer dollars. In economic times such as these, one should not underestimate small savings, especially when one is talking about public dollars.

Example: develop another way for tenured professors to advance in their careers other than bumping them up to some level of (generally high-paid and low-work) administration because there’s just nowhere else for them to go.

Second example: quit holding self-congratulatory campus events and/or mandatory “ceremonies” masked as morale-boosters that are only attended because administrators force their staffs into attendance so said admins don’t look bad (or look “collegial”) to the powers that be – thus taking valuable work time away from taxpayer-compensated employees who really would just as soon take that wasted time to do their work as attend these inane lunacies. (”Administrator of the year”? “Campus Awards”? What?! Who cares?)

Third: quit providing make-work duties to departments and/or administrators just to justify their existence as dollar-sucking entities. Look. I don’t want anyone to become unemployed, but it it really necessary to come up with some bogus “institute” for a departing admin to head just so they can keep drawing a paycheck? On a smaller scale, is it necessary for every single staff person to receive a printed notice of an upcoming art exhibit on campus? Both of these happen all the time.

But no. Suggestions from the masses would never be considered when it comes to ideas to save money. Any such employee inquiry is merely a gesture. Gawd knows nobody in a staff/employee position could ever come up with a reasonable idea……

GPCstudentsupport

May 7th, 2012
9:58 pm

People need to stop jumping to conclusions and guessing things that happened. Only a certain number of people know the real story and I doubt they would be writing on this blog. It pains me to see Dr. Tricoli have to take the fall for mistakes he did not make. I personally know Dr. Tricoli and I can say he always had the students best interests at heart. He is a great man and I hope no one thinks poorly of him for this fiasco.

Being in the SGA (Student Government Association) and a Student I saw GPC from the inside and it is a great place for everyone. It became a second home for me and always will be. Don’t let this scare you into thinking GPC is a horrible place. It is a place filled with excellent professors, wonderful staff members, and a student body that brings GPC to life. I can’t wait to continue my education there after the summer and I hope my fellow students fell the same way.

Longtime GPC Insider

May 7th, 2012
9:58 pm

Yo – taxpaying teacher – aka knuckle-dragging bigot. Many of GPC’s students come from poor and poorly-educated homes, and are all too happy to share their (and your) prejudices with everyone around them. As a faculty member, I have known students bullied because of their differences. I don’t agree with all of Dr. Tricoli’s ideas, but this is something that has already been put into place at most major GA colleges, and GPC is well behind the times in recognizing it. The faculty member asked to coordinate this effort has been with GPC for many years, and has worked on this effort for those many years without recognition or release time or extra pay. So please get over yourself!

taxpaying teacher

May 7th, 2012
10:12 pm

@Jacket Fan, I notice you chose to address me, but you did not provide one iota of evidence that GPC students are better off with “coordinators” and “directors” who do little or no teaching than they would be with the same folks teaching a full load. The important job of “helping our faculty improve their classroom teaching to improve learning” does not require release time of 1 – 4 courses per semester. At my last employer (which happened to be a darned fine teaching school), department chairpersons had one course release per term and managed to do the job well. Of course, they weren’t off attending endless meetings scheduled by all the coordinators and directors just to give themselves something to do.

Now is the time for every person at GPC — including VP’s, Assistant and Associate VP’s and Deans — who holds the appropriate credentials to teach a minimum of three to four courses per semester. What does ANYBODY at GPC do that matters more than actual teaching? And how better to mentor others than by example? I’m sorry if you consider that “being thrown under the bus” (a stale cliche if ever I read one).

Longtime GPC Insider

May 7th, 2012
10:13 pm

P.S. The diversity coordinator is not receiving release time, but is doing it in addition to teaching,student advising duties, and hours of volunteer efforts for GPC. This is not a new thing, but has been in place for some months already. The email was only to announce a report. How much was that wager you spoke of? If you find diversity so wonderful and commendable, I dare you to donate it to GPC’s diversity efforts.

taxpaying teacher

May 7th, 2012
10:18 pm

@Longtime GPC Insider — GPC’s new Coordinator of Diversity may be the finest human on Earth, but right now we just flat can’t afford to award release time for what he or she does. Period. Your ad hominem attack on me, which you can’t support even tangentially, is a classic example of someone who knows he or she hasn’t a legitimate point. BTW, you can stop calling Anthony “Dr. Tricoli.” He won’t be able to protect you any longer.

taxpaying teacher

May 7th, 2012
10:21 pm

@Longtime GPC Insider — Since you seem to know the Coordinator of Diversity so well, what exactly is his or her teaching load? If he or she teaches the same load as an average faculty member, I will gladly retract my statement and salute their outstanding effort. In fact, I’ll ask what I can do to help. My “knuckle dragging” bigotry exists only in your deluded brain.