Santa Fe Community College ousts President Guzmán

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    Santa Fe Community College President Ana ‘Cha’ Guzmán, waits to hear the board’s decision Monday night. The board voted 3-2 to terminate her contract for just cause. Jane Phillips/The New Mexican

Posted: Monday, December 2, 2013 10:30 pm | Updated: 8:45 pm, Thu Dec 5, 2013.

The governing board of the Santa Fe Community College voted Monday night to fire President Ana “Cha” Guzmán for what it called "just cause."

The 3-2 vote came after a four-and-a-half-hour executive session. Kathy Keith, Martha Romero and Linda Siegle — the same three board members who voted to place Guzmán on leave in November — voted to terminate her.

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  • Jeffrey Ross posted at 8:57 pm on Tue, Dec 10, 2013.

    Jeffrey Ross Posts: 2

    Stakeholders, users, students and staff at SFCC might wish to read the comic novel College Leadership Crisis: The Philip Dolly Affair (by Jann M. Contento). The book, though funny, focuses on very real community college work place issues. The plot line centers on the rise and fall of a highly-paid community college president (of which there are legions, of course).

  • Tom Ribe posted at 10:16 am on Sat, Dec 7, 2013.

    Tribe66 Posts: 28

    Sounds like some serious journalistic investigations need to be done on the finances out there. The last President had serious questions surrounding her. Santa Fe deserves better.

  • Jeff Varela posted at 9:54 am on Thu, Dec 5, 2013.

    JayVee Posts: 9

    As an SFCC alumni and supporter, this does not look or smell good! A beautiful learning institution with so much potential and opportunity is operating in a secretive and political atmosphere. I hold the Board completely accountable for this and justification needs to be provided the students and community!

  • Doug Ware posted at 8:14 pm on Wed, Dec 4, 2013.

    Doug Ware Posts: 1

    $196,000? Ummm ... this is a community college.

  • Steve Salazar posted at 12:20 pm on Tue, Dec 3, 2013.

    Steve Salazar Posts: 866


  • Gregorio Ambrosini posted at 11:36 am on Tue, Dec 3, 2013.

    Gregorio Ambrosini Posts: 56

    I just started there. I'm headed for my third semester. This affected everyone I spoke with at SFCC. It's an energy suck, especially during finals. Yeah people can be stupid, I'm yet to find one at SFCC. The Campus is one of your shinning lights in Santa Fe.I bet It wouldn't do you any harm, taking a couple classes there. You might even get smarter.

  • Steve Salazar posted at 11:25 am on Tue, Dec 3, 2013.

    Steve Salazar Posts: 866

    Since SFCC is a public institution, funded with public money, we need to be told what the just cause was.

  • Jimmy Green posted at 11:13 am on Tue, Dec 3, 2013.

    Evil_J Posts: 145

    by the way, someone asked about sfcc accreditation status, and i'll say to not worry. it's stellar. has been for years under Ortego. And that SFCCs accreditation is in better shape than a former well known but now not known at all "university" here in town.

  • Jimmy Green posted at 11:08 am on Tue, Dec 3, 2013.

    Evil_J Posts: 145

    Congratulations, SFCC! This was a great outcome!

  • Steve Salazar posted at 8:36 am on Tue, Dec 3, 2013.

    Steve Salazar Posts: 866

    Or to the State Auditor.

  • Mark Ordonez posted at 8:13 am on Tue, Dec 3, 2013.

    marcoordonez Posts: 644

    Ruben, put your first name or your posts will be deleted.

  • Khal Spencer posted at 7:55 am on Tue, Dec 3, 2013.

    Khal Spencer Posts: 416

    Thanks, rmontes. I was going to respond to that quote, too, with something similarly sarcastic.

    As I said yesterday, it sure would be nice to see the external accreditation report. Not being an insider, all I see is a train wreck in progress.

    But I guess Fast and Furious is more important than a gud kollige edukashin.


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