We cannot simply hire a new president and expect that person to change everything, to provide the new direction the college needs.
National coverage of the events ultimately leading to the retirement of President Tom Rochon have focused almost exclusively on the race-related aspects of the protests by students.
Students protesting the racial climate at Ithaca College are not the only ones finding a collective voice with which to address institutionalized racism. In a tumultuous fall semester, at least 75 other colleges and universities have begun bringing their demands for change to their administrations.
Ithaca College President Tom Rochon’s decision to step down from his position is most often associated with the image of students taking the stage at his own event to discuss “community action on racism and cultural bias” Oct.
An Ithaca College administrator announced at the Jan. 21 All-College Meeting that the initiative to cut 40 staff positions over the course of the 2015–16 academic school year will no longer include positions that are currently filled.
Faculty at Ithaca College have expressed mixed reactions to the early retirement of President Tom Rochon. Some believe it was the right call, some feel Rochon should leave the college sooner, while others said Rochon did not deserve the criticism he received.
While we’ve heard serious concerns about issues of justice and respect, our entire community’s role going forward is to commit not just to taking these issues seriously, but also to acting on them concretely.
No matter how we may individually feel about a permanent Ithaca College presence in China, Dr. Guan and the entire campus were assured by the administration years ago that one would be established.
Colleagues and students alike remembered Lifton, who taught at the college for 29 years, as an energetic man who cared deeply about his students and who was a top-notch professor.
Instead of scolding the very people on whom Rochon and the Board will be relying to keep the college functioning, the Board might want to rethink its tone and scope of authority.