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Inver Hills faculty vote 'no confidence' in college president

INVER GROVE HEIGHTS, Minn., Jan. 26, 2016 – The members of the Inver Hills State College Faculty Association voted Monday and overwhelmingly supported a resolution of no confidence in the leadership of Inver Hills Community College President Tim Wynes.

 

"We believe it is in the best interests of the students, faculty, staff and taxpayers that the president be removed from his position," said David Riggs, president of the IHSCFA. "Our community deserves full-time leadership that values innovation in and outside of the classroom, understands the needs of our diverse student population and can effectively utilize scarce financial resources to support student success."

 

Riggs said more than 80 percent of the votes cast Monday were in favor of the no confidence resolution. The vote was open to all member of the IHSCF. Those faculty who could not vote in person were permitted to vote by absentee ballot. 

 

President Wynes currently splits his time between Inver Hills Community College and the Dakota County Technical College. Both colleges are part of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.

 

The Inver Hills faculty union has raised concerns for years about falling morale among campus employees and unusually high rates of employee turnover. They have also questioned several spending decisions by President Wynes.

 

"We also ask that an independent auditor openly and honestly investigate the following concerns and the results be made public," Riggs said.

 

The issues:

 

1. President Wynes spent $100,000 of taxpayer money in 2015 hiring a consultant to do the core functions of his job: listening and communicating.

 

2. The faculty and staff no longer trust President Wynes. Researchers from University of Wisconsin-Stout conducted a campus climate survey in 2013. The results indicated little to no trust in President Wynes' ability to lead this campus. Those survey results highlighted poor to non-existent communication and a regular refusal to act on faculty and staff input. Two years later, consultants from Infinity Systems conducted another campus climate survey. The results of the 2015 survey indicated morale had actually gotten worse. Our community values trustworthy leadership.

 

3. Morale is at historically low levels and turnover of key staff is extraordinarily high. Forty-four key people have left the college under President Wynes’ tenure. Of those who left, 25 percent are people of color. In the 5-year period previous to President Wynes’ appointment, the turnover rate for key staff was 75 percent lower than during his time at Inver Hills.

 

4. President Wynes closed the majority of diversity programs available to Inver Hills students in the fall of 2012, then closed the remainder of those critical programs in the spring of 2013.

 

5. The college's marketing budget was cut by $100,000 from 2014 to 2015. The college has no written marketing plan to address long-term enrollment pressures. Inver Hill Community College's fall 2015 enrollment decline was the third largest in the metro area and marks a trend of continued declines in enrollment since President Wynes took office.

 

6. Student support services have been dramatically reduced. For example, in the fall of 2013, President Wynes authorized a remodel of the bookstore, but did not plan for the expense or the impact on students. More than 400 students did not have access to their textbooks until 25 percent of the semester had passed. Thousands of dollars were spent moving the bookstore for a remodel that never happened.

 

The IHSCF is union of faculty members of the Inver Hills Community College in Inver Grove Heights. The IHSCF is affiliated with the Minnesota State College Faculty union, which is affiliated with Education Minnesota, the union of more than 80,000 educators throughout Minnesota.




NEWS RELEASE

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:

David Riggs

President

Inver Hills State College Faculty Association

612-669-7987 (cell)

riggsdavid@rocketmail.com

Chris Williams

Press Secretary

Education Minnesota

651-292-4816 (work)

651-247-5539 (cell)

chris.williams@edmn.org




                                 
Inver Hills Community College faculty to take 'no confidence' vote on President Wynes

INVER GROVE HEIGHTS, Minn., Jan. 20, 2016 – The faculty at Inver Hills Community College have scheduled a vote of "no confidence" in the administration of President Tim Wynes after documenting numerous instances of fiscal mismanagement and falling morale among college employees.

"President Wynes should be held accountable to the people of Minnesota," said David Riggs, president of the Inver Hills State College Faculty Association. "We believe it is in the best interests of the students, faculty, staff and taxpayers that an independent auditor thoroughly investigate these problems and publish the results."

IHSCF Executive Committee has scheduled the no confidence vote for Monday, Jan. 25. The results of the vote will be posted at www.inverhillsunited.com, a website created to document management problems surrounding President Wynes. The results of the vote will be announced Tuesday, Jan. 26, by news release and posting on the website.

The following is a partial list of why the faculty at Inver Hills are holding a vote of no confidence:

1. President Wynes spent $100,000 of taxpayer money in 2015 hiring a consultant to do the core functions of his job: listening and communicating.

2. The faculty and staff no longer trust President Wynes. Researchers from University of Wisconsin-Stout conducted a campus climate survey in 2013. The results indicated little to no trust in President Wynes' ability to lead this campus. Those survey results highlighted poor to non-existent communication and a regular refusal to act on faculty and staff input. Two years later, consultants from Infinity Systems conducted another campus climate survey. The results of the 2015 survey indicated morale had actually gotten worse.

3. Morale is at historically low levels and turnover of key staff is extraordinarily high. Forty-four key people have left the college under President Wynes’ tenure. Of those who left, 25 percent are people of color. In the 5-year period previous to President Wynes’ appointment, the turnover rate for key staff was 75 percent lower than during his time at Inver Hills.

4. President Wynes closed the majority of diversity programs available to Inver Hills students in the fall of 2012, then closed the remainder of those critical programs in the spring of 2013.

5. The college's marketing budget was cut by $100,000 from 2014 to 2015. The college has no written marketing plan to address long-term enrollment pressures. Inver Hill Community College's fall 2015 enrollment decline was the third largest in the metro area and marks a trend of continued declines in enrollment since President Wynes took office.

6. Student support services have been dramatically reduced. For example, in the fall of 2013 President Wynes authorized a remodel of the bookstore, but did not plan for the expense or the impact on students. More than 400 students did not have access to their textbooks until 25 percent of the semester had passed. Thousands of dollars were spent moving the bookstore for a remodel that never happened.

  The IHSCF is union of faculty members of the Inver Hills Community College in Inver Grove Heights. The IHSCF is affiliated with the Minnesota State College Faculty union, which is affiliated with Education Minnesota, the union of more than 80,000 educators throughout Minnesota.