Part XVI: Former Chairman CCC Board of Trustees Speaks Out !! –Ellis Monroe Attributes Board Cover-ups and More Cover-ups as Reason for him Resigning from the Board!!! Report by Robert A. Williams

Folks, this is the sixteenth article I have written regarding the rotten mess at Cleveland Community College. The mess involves issues going back ten years as well as a year ago when “stuff” started to come out little by little. During all this the CCC Board of Trustees have been in denial and then gridlock. To this very day absolutely NOTHING has been done to resolve any of the problem issues.

President Steve Thornburg is still there amidst his password sex scandal. Executive Vice President Shannon Kennedy is still there despite all her alleged retaliatory back door firings and various manipulations. HR violations are alleged. Alleged educational course content has been dumbed down. Financial accounting is suspect. Salaries are way too much top-heavy. Nepotism is obvious. Laws and policy violations are alleged. Major Donors have been disrespected and want their names off the buildings. And it goes on and on. And the Board of Trustees remain deadlocked and appear to be determined to stay that way.

And then there is the State. The State bureaucracy in charge of Community Colleges are asleep at the wheel. Same with the Cleveland County Commissioners. Of course gridlock at CCC keeps Commissioner Chairman Eddie Holbrook in his high paying job at CCC. His wife too. Millie Holbrook’s job as Director of the LeGrand Center appears to be more of a County position. But, having her paid through the CCC payroll smells like criminal nepotism to me.

Anyway, I have attached Former CCC Board of Trustees Chairman Ellis Monroe’s letter to the Trustee Board describing why he resigned. This is a public record and any citizen that asks for it should be able to receive a copy, just in case you might think I have just conjured up this document. There are some who might tell you that. Also note that Mr. Monroe did not use the actual words “Cover-up.” Those are my words to fit what he described. Mr. Monroe is more “genteel” than I am. But after 16 articles and probably 16 more to come before anything gets done, I am only interested in telling it like it is in as few words as possible.

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3 Comments for “Part XVI: Former Chairman CCC Board of Trustees Speaks Out !! –Ellis Monroe Attributes Board Cover-ups and More Cover-ups as Reason for him Resigning from the Board!!! Report by Robert A. Williams”

  1. Russianvids

    Allow me to remind the taxpayers of Cleveland County that you OWN the property, buildings, hallways, classrooms and executive suites this Board of Trustees conducts business in. I invite you all to the July 11, 2017 Board of Trustees meeting…these meetings are ALWAYS open to the public. Lunch is typically served beginning at 11:45AM, paid for by YOUR tax dollars. Please come join us, enjoy the meal you have pre-paid for and voice your concerns on these disturbing matters at Cleveland Community College thus far. I will be present requesting a full report of the independant investigation ordered by the Board of Trustees..who this investigator spoke with, findings and recommendations moving forward.

  2. Sunshine

    Thank you for publishing this letter. It is good to know that Mr. Monroe was at least willing to hear Ms. Bullock’s side of the story. Other colleges have it in their P&P to allow an employee to appeal a decision for a non-renewal of contract. They also make it a part of their policy to allow for a hearing by the Board or the President depending on who the employee reports to. Not to say that the Board or President would rule in favor of an employee who has been “let go” but at least the employee has the opportunity to tell his or her side and be heard. The State needs to take a hard look at practices at the community colleges and give some oversight, especially when trustees are in the pockets of the college’s administration!!!!!

  3. Judy

    To those that attend the meeting, please ask the board members why
    Thornburg and Kennedy are allowed to still be making decisions that
    have impact on CCC? No money should be spent (new state funding for 17-18 school year is available July 1st.) No money should be spent until new interim President is in charge at CCC. Many wasteful decisions could be made by them for the “favorites” and inner circle before they leave. Making it difficult for the remainder of the faculty and staff to get needed materials, etc. Audit should be made of April, May, and June spending and items that were sold for surplus. Would totally shock the tax payers of Shelby. WASTE -is in abundance at CCC.

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