Community college president resigns

Threatened with a vote of no confidence from faculty, the president of Quinebaug Valley Community College has submitted his resignation letter to the Board of Regents for Higher Education.

Ross Tomlin, who has been been the president of the 2,500-student college in Killingly for nearly 3 years, also sent a three sentence letter to faculty and staff Monday informing them that he will be leaving.

“After carefully deliberating the issues that have occurred throughout the system over the past few weeks, I have decided to step down as president of QVCC. I will be in contact with the BOR regarding a transition for my role here and will have answers on my end date by the end of the week. I wish the very best for the college and the students,” he wrote.

Earlier this month, the school’s College Council decided that because some school employees were so dissatisfied with his performance as president they would hold a vote of no confidence in him. No date for that vote has been set yet, according to two college officials.

Tomlin’s annual salary is $164,360. The college system’s policies are silent on what, if any, separation package Tomlin is entitled to with his resignation. Policy does state that if the Board of Regents for Higher Education decided not to renew his annual appointment when his current term expires in June 2013, he be offered 6-months of pay.

No date has been set yet for his departure, and it is unclear if he is asking that his resignation be coupled with being paid his salary over the next 14 months. Tomlin declined an interview with the Mirror Wednesday.

Colleen Flanagan Johnson, the spokeswoman for the Board of Regents, said that Tomlin’s departure has nothing to do with the recent “expedite[d]‘ separation offers made to the community college president by the former central office administration. Those offers have since been rescinded.


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