Faculty Senate president criticizes CWI administration

The majority of the College of Western Idaho’s faculty have no confidence in President Bert Glandon or interim Provost John King, the president of the college’s Faculty Senate said Tuesday.

Reading a letter before trustees, criminal justice associate professor Stephanie Ritchie Breach said she had polled CWI’s 146 faculty members, and found that most had no confidence in college administration.

“In the past, it has felt like students were the priority,” Breach wrote in her letter, as reported Tuesday by the Idaho Statesman. “It does not feel like that anymore. More and more our college feels like it is moving towards a public ‘for-profit’ institution.”

Faculty members also fear retaliation if they come forward to question the college’s leadership, Ritchie Breach said in her letter.

Glandon and King were traveling to a State Board of Education meeting Tuesday and had no comment, the Idaho Press reported. In a statement, CWI trustee Skip Smyser did not directly respond to allegations in Ritchie Breach’s letter.

Glandon has been president at CWI since July 2009. King was named interim provost in December.

Kevin Richert

Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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