Glen Oaks Community College Faculty Votes 'No Confidence' In President

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The faculty at Glen Oaks Community College gave President Gary Wheeler a vote of "no confidence" earlier this month after running into troubles applying for re-accreditation. Among the union’s chief complaints: Wheeler is the chair of the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association's board of trustees, the entity which grants accreditation to 107 degree-granting institutions in Michigan and Glen Oaks is struggling through the process. During the December board meeting, when three of four new board members were sworn in, Chad Worthington informed members that the faculty union voted 23-4 on Wheeler’s leadership and management skills being insufficient. Worthington is the chairperson of the faculty union, which represents all 31 faculty members at the small community college. Worthington, a psychology professor, said conversations have been brewing for months but peaked after the Higher Learning Commission sent back the college’s systems portfolio, which is one of many requirements for reaccreditation, on Dec. 4.

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