Chancellor Criticized for Using Phone at Commencement

May 25, 2016

During a commencement ceremony at Palo Alto College, Alamo Colleges Chancellor Bruce Leslie was photographed sitting on stage, scrolling through his phone.

The photos attracted criticism on social media, and Tony Villanueva, president of Palo Alto's American Association of University Professors chapter, said that Leslie had his phone out for at least 30 minutes. "Somebody next to me timed it," he told the San Antonio Express-News.

Leo Zuniga, an Alamo Colleges spokesman, said the chancellor did not give a reason for using his phone during the ceremony. “He was on the cellphone, and he apologizes that people were offended by it,” Zuniga said.

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