Maine Governor Seeks to Oust Community College President

January 14, 2015

Maine Governor Paul LePage, a Republican, is trying to oust the president of the state's community college system, but the system board is resisting the move, The Portland Press Herald reported. Governor LePage says that President John Fitzsimmons hasn't shown sufficient support for efforts to improve the system of transfer from community colleges to four-year institutions or the Bridge Year Program, under which high school students earn community college credits. Fitzsimmons said that the system is working on the transfer issue and that the Bridge Year Program isn't fully financially supported by the state, and so forces the system to shift money from other students and programs.

Chris McCormick, a board member who is president and CEO of LL Bean, said: “It’s fair to say that the governor’s statements and request for John Fitzsimmons to step down are appalling and grossly misinformed. John has done a very good job. This is a very efficiently run and administratively light organization.”

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