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* Trustees form retention committee

The Shoreline Community College Board of Trustees has established an “Executive Retention Committee” for the purposes of discussing contract terms with President Lee Lambert.

The Board convened a special meeting at 5 p.m., May 7, 2013 and immediately went into executive session. About an hour later, Board Chair Phil Barrett reconvened the meeting in open session and moved that the committee be formed. Following a second by Trustee Gidget Terpstra, the motion passed on a 4-0 vote with Trustee Tayloe Washburn absent.

During a public comment period following the decision, Shoreline faculty union President Amy Kinsel, classified union chief shop steward Jerry Owens and faculty member DuValle Daniel spoke.

Kinsel and Owens expressed concern and disappointment that the Trustees might be considering a raise for Lambert following years of budget cuts and frozen salaries. Daniel said she was there to support her colleagues and support her president. “All good people; all having a very rough time,” Daniel said.

Lambert is one of four finalists for the position of Chancellor at Pima Community College in Tucson, Ariz. Lambert has said that he enjoys the work at Shoreline, but was asked to apply at the larger Pima system and decided to look at “helping students and serving communities, on a larger scale.”

Trustee Barrett said at the meeting that the board “wants to have (Lambert) stay” at Shoreline. Barrett added that the new committee, which includes himself and Trustee Shoubee Liaw,  “will meet, work through the process and hopefully have something to report soon.”

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