The concept of shared governance came of age in the 1960s, when colleges began to liberalize many of their processes. Faculty and student groups making governing decisions undermine the authority of elected trustee and the college president. Shared governance has bankrupted the City College of San Francisco, the largest community college in California.
Professor David Michael Smith, a Marxist and COMUnity president, has fought College of the Mainland presidents and trustees for years trying to force this concept at COM.
Carol Voight, a candidate for the at-large trustee, Position 6 agrees with Professor Smith and has shared governing as part of her platform.
In the ’70s, President Fred Taylor attempted to bring COM staffing and finances in line with other community colleges and was met with stiff opposition. Smith and his cohorts have opposed every COM president.
The only COM president to meet COM-Unity approval was Larry Stanley, who, in the ’80s, used the shared governance concept. Smith and COMUnity loved Stanley and the copious benefits, job security and tenure policies.
Today, Smith and COM-Unity file lawsuits, claim mistreatment and then use this as proof to win public support, trying to force the administration to adopt their agenda.
Jack Cross, Texas City