Rejected would-be Anoka chief in another board ruckus

Remember Ron Erickson, the former Dakota County Technical College dean — now president of Hocking College in Ohio — who was recently turned down for the top seat at  Anoka-Ramsey Community College and Anoka Technical College?

I posted a while back that he’d had a problematic relationship with his board.

Here’s an update via the Chronicle of Higher Education earlier this month:

The president of Hocking College called his own bosses on the carpet Tuesday, blindsiding trustees by sending out a campuswide e-mail that said he’d been micromanaged and is now facing dismissal.

In a “special edition” of a regular newsletter, Ron J. Erickson, the college’s president, said the board regularly engaged in “inappropriate interference” with his administration. Meeting 50 times a year, the trustees have taken control of many day-to-day operations and inserted themselves into personnel decisions, he wrote. They also want him out, Mr. Erickson said.

“Word has now reached me that a new plan is under way to soon remove me from my current position as president, reassign me to the role of a ‘consultant,’ and to appoint an internal, interim president for the remainder of my contract,” Mr. Erickson wrote.

Read the full report here.