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Full-time faculty members at Cuyahoga Community College vote "no confidence" in leadership of president Jerry Sue Thornton

The Plain Dealer
Full-time faculty members at Cuyahoga Community College have overwhelmingly voted "no confidence" in the leadership of President Jerry Sue Thornton.

But regardless of the vote announced Tuesday, Thornton expects to continue running the college, which has about 32,000 students on its three campuses.

"My contract is ending and (trustees) have indicated they plan to renew," said Thornton, 63, who has been president since 1992. "And I plan to stay. I am enjoying it and I think we have a lot of wonderful things ahead."

She said she thinks the unrest can be traced to recently concluded "very difficult" negotiations with the union that represents full-time faculty.

David Whitehead, chairman of Tri-C's board of trustees, said they will do whatever they can to keep Thornton, whose contract expired June 30. She earns $236,364 a year.

"Dr. Thornton is one of the most respected higher education leaders in the country," he said. "She has my total support and the board members feel the same way. We want to keep her at this institution as long as she wants to be here."

Both he and Thornton acknowledged that she needs to meet with faculty leaders to discuss their concerns.
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