Convocation may be his last – President’s future still undecided |

Convocation may be his last – President’s future still undecided

Embattled Sierra College President Kevin Ramirez presided over what many believe was his last convocation Thursday, enthusiastically welcoming new and returning members of the college even as trustees remained uncertain of his future.

He was remarkably upbeat at the ceremony, said 30-year college employee Bart Ruud, who has kept a steady vigil at the Rocklin campus’ Learning Resource Center, where the seven-member board of trustees have met on four separate occasions behind closed doors, in an attempt to hammer out a settlement for the 12-year college president.

After more than four hours of deliberation Thursday, trustees seemed no closer to reaching an agreement to a process that has dragged for more than a week.

Ramirez has been asked by newly elected Nevada County-area trustee Aaron Klein to resign his post. Klein has alleged that Ramirez misused the college foundation’s funds by shifting them to help offset campaign costs for Measure E, a $380 million bond issue that failed in March.

Ramirez and the college have denied the allegations.

Ruud, now a counselor who once served as a forestry instructor at Sierra, said Ramirez refused to speculate on his future at the convocation.

“He was gracious and dignified and he wanted people to know he appreciated them,” said Ruud, who has had a personal and professional relationship with the four presidents in Sierra’s history over the past four decades.

As of 11 p.m. Thursday, no future time had been set for the next-closed door meeting.

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