Washtenaw Community College extends president's contract and fills vacant positions
Editor's note: The names of Larry Barkoff and Stuart Blacklaw have been corrected. Also, changes have been made after receiving a corrected press release from WCC. The year Rose Bellanca's contract is set to expire and the number of years Larry Barkoff has worked as an attorney has been corrected.
The Washtenaw Community College Board of Trustees voted to extend President Rose B. Bellanca’s contract by one year and appointed a new vice president and chief financial officer and a new general counsel in a recent meeting.
The one-year extension on Bellanca’s three-year contract, which will now expire in 2016, was unanimously approved by the board on June 25.
According to a news release, board members extended Bellanca’s contract because of her student-centered vision and her efforts to increase successful partnerships with area k-12 districts and local employees.
Bellanca, named president of WCC in 2011, has successfully secured new funding including a $2.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Initiative.
Despite her achievements since being appointed WCC president, there have been concerns among staff regarding a breakdown in communication between WCC’s faculty union and the college president.
Her decision to fire WCC Vice President of Instruction Stuart Blacklaw on March 14, several months before his contract was set to expire, also left faculty members upset and dissatisfied with her performance.
William Johnson will become the new vice president and chief financial officer after the WCC Board of Trustees unanimously approved his nomination. His appointment will be effective July 22.
Johnson will bring more than 30 years of senior management experience to the job. Previously, Johnson was a vice president for finance and administration at Marygrove College and a vice president for business and finance at the University of Detroit Mercy.
A new general counsel was also appointed on June 25. The board unanimously approved the nomination of Larry Barkoff. His appointment will be in effect starting July 22.
Barkoff has been an attorney for 12 years. Most recently, Barkoff served 10 years as a member of the Eastern Michigan University General Counsel Office. He also served as an associate attorney the Plunkett and Cooney Law Firm in Bloomfield Hills.
Chelsea Hoedl is an intern reporter for AnnArbor.com. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.