New president to be named today for Sierra College
Sierra College trustees are expected tonight to give the presidency of the college system to Morgan Lynn, who already is serving as interim president for the four-campus network.
The board will also formally accept the retirement of embattled former President Kevin Ramirez, who stepped down last month after 12 years.
It’s not known how long Lynn’s appointment may last, though the college administrator said she hopes to stay long enough to help implement some of the changes expected soon to the college’s campuses in Grass Valley and Truckee. Voters in November approved more than $70 million in bonds to expand the Nevada County campus and build a new site in Truckee.
The board essentially appointed Lynn to the interim post at a special meeting Jan. 27. Today’s action finalizes that decision and could set in motion the process for hiring a permanent chief for the four-campus system.
Asked how long she’d like to serve as Sierra College’s president, Lynn paused.
“I think it’s going to take a year for me to have an impact,” said Lynn, a veteran community college administrator. Since 2001, she’s been Sierra College’s vice president for educational programs and services.
Lynn said she’d like to take time as interim president to re-focus the college on educating students.
Sierra educates more than 20,000 students at campuses in Rocklin, Roseville, Grass Valley and Truckee.
Lynn said response among the system’s faculty has been positive.
“I think people are anxious for somebody they can trust, and they’re ready to move forward.”
Nevada County Trustee Aaron Klein, who initially asked Ramirez in December to step down because of alleged fiscal improprieties involving the shifting of money from the nonprofit Sierra College Foundation to support bond measures, said he, too, would like to move beyond the closed-door negotiations and controversy that swirled around Ramirez and the board of trustees for the past month.
Ramirez, the college and the nonprofit foundation have denied Klein’s allegations.
“I’m confident that Dr. Lynn is the person we need at this time. She’s a gifted educator,” said Klein, who has met with Lynn several times since being elected in November. “At this point, I want to look into the future.
“It’s only fair that we have a chance to see her in this role and have a chance to work together.”
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