October 17, 2016 · 3 Comments
DuPage Co. (ECWd) –
In April of 2015, taxpayers sent a clear message to the legacy trustees at the College of DuPage. One trustee, in particular, Dianne McGuire has once again shown the world that she has no interest in reforming the problems at the College of DuPage. The fact of the matter is she may well be the biggest contributor to the challenges the clean slate reformers face in their efforts of fixing what is broken and ensuring Accreditation is recovered.
It is now clear; McGuire has one interest. Take a position that is opposite of anything that is even remotely close to reform. Grandstanding, dramatizing, and fabricating are the hallmarks of McGuire and we have clear evidence on video that we hope the HLC board will pay attention to as it is clear, McGuire is one of the primary problems with reforms at COD.
In November of 2014, we wrote about McGuire’s insistence that the College President was the ONLY employee the board of trustees had and can be found in this article. In that article, we took the position that all employees of the college were employees of the board, according to state law.
Then, in November of 2015, a year later, she confirms her position that the only employee of the board is the President, as was being described by then Interim President Collins. McGuire is seen nodding like a bobble head doll in agreement with Collin’s disregard for the law by claiming the only employee the Board has is the President. You can view the bobble head in action beginning at the 2:03:45 mark of the video found at this link. Clearly, she is in full agreement with Collins that the only employee of the board is the president, even though the law says otherwise.
These two examples provided are from McGuire pulling out all the stops in order to protect, defend, and justify the wrong doing of then President Breuder, and his administration, and fight against any reforms being attempted by the clean slate trustees, now known as the Reform Board. Her position is clear; the Board only has one employee!
After the Auditor General Audit of the College is released, one of the findings, in particular, was how the bidding of contracts was being handled. Specifically, the auditor stated in the report, “We could not determine if bids were opened by a member or employee of the Board as required by the Illinois Public Community College Act.”
Remember, Dianne McGuire logic from 2014 and 2015 was that the board only has one employee, the President!
Keeping in mind McGuire has been against the Performance Audit from day one and is on the record the board only has one employee, what do you suppose her position is after the Auditor suggestion that COD Document the bidding process and ensuring a Board member or Board employee opens bids publicly?
In true McGuire drama fashion, in a clear effort to minimize the importance of the audit and discredit the findings, she now is taking the position that every employee of the college is an employee of the Board. This is a perfect example why reforms are so difficult. When a trustee who is on a mission to discredit reforms at every turn by taking positions contrary to law and reform efforts and then takes a position 180 degrees out from her previous position in an attempt to find fault in the reformers initiated performance audit, it becomes clear, McGuire is not about doing what is right for the College.
It is interesting and flattering that Diane McGuire has now taken the very same position that we took in 2014, our position remains the same.
Does this mean the Watchdogs are starting to reform Dianne McGuire?
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By Kirk Allen
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