After City Colleges of Chicago Chancellor Cheryl Hyman announced plans this week to step down in about a year, the college system's board of trustees is expected to sign off on her one-year reappointment during its Friday meeting.
Hyman released a statement earlier this week about her decision to call it quits as chancellor in a year, which will provide time for the board to conduct a national search to find her replacement.
"During discussions with the board regarding my reappointment for a new three-year term as chancellor, I expressed a desire to them that I wanted to commit to a term not to exceed one more year, and I am grateful that they have agreed to this arrangement," she said.
Before today's board of trustees meeting, faculty plan to demonstrate outside the City Colleges' district office to protest Hyman's contract extension.
"Faculty want this board and the public to know that as a faculty we are concerned with the policies and processes used to make decisions and NOT with the individuals holding various positions. This is not and has never been personal," reads a statement from the Faculty Council of the City Colleges of Chicago (FC4).
The faculty council also released its "list of priorities" as the college systems moves forward with its chancellor search. FC4 is calling for, among other things, "a halt to program closures, sunsets, and consolidations immediately, until faculty, administration, students, and community members can fully participate in the decisions being made."
Here is the faculty council's list of priorities:
* We are excited about the possibility of working with a Chancellor who respects the administrators, faculty, and staff that he or she oversees; and the students and communities that he or she serves.
* We look forward to working with a Chancellor who will work toward shared governance with college administrators, faculty, staff and students.
* We expect that the new Chancellor will give faculty the opportunity to build a respectful and inclusive relationship.
* We expect that all stakeholders including faculty, staff, students, and community members will have a voice in the selection of a new Chancellor and participate in the selection process.
* We expect that at least three faculty, chosen by FC4, will participate in any transitional process.
* We expect that the Board of Trustees will conduct a national search to find the best candidate for the role of Chancellor.
* We expect that the new Chancellor will come from an education background and understand that we are academic institutions, not a business, and that our students are people, not statistics.
* We expect that the new Chancellor will reestablish a Department of Academic Affairs at the district level and appoint a Provost.
* We expect that the new Chancellor will work with faculty to look out for the best interests of our students and all of the citizens of Chicago.
* We ask for a halt to program closures, sunsets, and consolidations immediately, until faculty, administration, students, and community members can fully participate in the decisions being made.