Procedure In Place For Replacement Of NSCC President
Joan (Mrs. Lynn) Aeschliman, Archbold, chairman of the Northwest State Community College Board of Trustees, said Monday the board has a procedure in place for naming a replacement to Betty Young.
Young, current NSCC president, announced last week that she is resigning to become president of the 25,000-student Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College in Asheville, N.C.
Aeschliman said she could not reveal details of the replacement process until after the board meets tomorrow, Thursday, Aug. 16, at 4 pm, in the Voinovich Auditorium at NSCC.
"We have had a process in place for awhile. We knew she had been pursued, and was pursuing other options," she said.
Young said last week in an article in this newspaper that she had not been seeking other employment.
Aeschliman said, "I think, at first, she was being pursued" by other colleges.
"She is very visible. She was being pursued, and as she saw what options were open to her, she saw great potential" for her future, Aeschliman said.
Young was "very open with the board. Every time she made a contact, she informed us," Aeschliman said.
At the Thursday meeting, the board will officially accept Young's resignation.
A press release from NSCC states an acting president will be named. The board will hold an executive session during the Thursday meeting, the release states.
Ken Esterline, co-president of the Northwest State Community College Education Association, the group that represents NSCC teachers in labor negotiations with the college, said the group's desire "is to wish her, and her new college the best of luck."
NSCCEA members have been working without a contract for about a year and a half. Contract negotiations recently went through the mediation process, which failed after 22 hours of talks.
"Our hope is now that Dr. Young is moving on, is that the negotiations can be finished quickly.
"We don't think we're that far apart on a majority of the issues," he said.
Aeschliman said the two sides have filed for a fact-finder, who will review the negotiations and issue a report.
Esterline, who teaches in the business department and was a former vice president of the college, said, "I think the college community was pleased when they saw Dr. Young's appointment, from a standpoint of her educational background."
"She came to us well qualified," Esterline said.
However, he said, "She has implemented many changes over the years at the college that I do not believe everyone believes were beneficial to the college."
Aeschliman said the board is aware there are those who are not pleased with Young.
"We got a lot of letters, a lot of anonymous letters," she said.
She said Young brought change to Northwest State, and many people don't like change.
Yet, Young inspired others at Northwest State to achieve m o re.
Young will leave a lasting impression on Northwest State, through her strategic plan for the college's future.
"We feel very confident with the strategic plan she laid out with the board. It was very well received by the new governor (Ted Strickland)."
Aeschliman said Young is very well connected with offi- cials at the state level, and that her plan is what state officials want to see.
"Education is different than it was a few years ago. Governor Strickland and chancellor (Eric) Fingerhut (chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents) have endorsed it (the strategic plan)," she said.
"I'm sure there will be some minor adjustments that have to be made," Aeschliman said, but the plan identifies critical areas.
As an example, she cited workforce development.
"That is what northwest Ohio needs. Northwest State needs to grow to be a source of education and training for people of the community, for the present and the future."