Group Forms to Support Embattled Pasadena City College President Rocha

Published : Tuesday, May 7, 2013 | 6:30 PM

A grassroots organization purporting to be comprised of present and former City Council members as well as college trustees, school board members and CEOs has formed today to throw their support behind embattled Pasadena College President Mark Rocha.

Concerned Citizens for a Better College (ABC) said they have assured the members of the college’s Board of Trustees and Rocha that they have the full confidence of the community, according to Nate Read, a spokesperson for ABC.

Also, the group has made four demands to the Board of Trustees. They are: Put students for, reward great teaching, be responsible stewards of public tax money and enforce a clear division of campus responsibility — “Administrators, administrate; teachers teach; students learn,” according to a news statement from the group.

“The group formed in reaction to a series of recent anti-administration activities, including an orchestrated series of non-confidence vote against (Rocha),”according to the statement.

Moreover, ABC was formed, they said, to “thwart any possible impact of the non-confidence votes.”

Rocha has come under fire recently for backing a decision to cancel Pasadena City College’s winter intersession on short notice, KPCC-FM reported. Students and professors were reportedly upset about the cancelled winter classes.

The school’s president defended decision saying that by removing the winter intersession ensured that the college could offer more courses than any other community college, the radio station reported.

A no-confidence vote among faculty said that 92 percent teachers were unhappy with Rocha – as well as articles critical of Rocha in the school newspaper. His contract was extended through 2016.

In a news statement, ABC said they published an advertisement in the Pasadena Star-News that was signed by those that included Roger Adams, Valedictorian, PCC Class of ’58; Former mayor Peter Amundson; Ann T. Hight, a former trustee with the Pasadena Unified School District and Warren Weber, a former PCC Trustees.

Other signees included former City Manager Donald F. McIntyre, Dean Stephan, retired President of Charles Pankow Builders, Bobbie Moon, a former PUSD trustee and Read, a past board chairman of the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce.

The ABC group can be reached through www.citizensforabc@gmail.com.

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