Oh boy. Now we really wonder what is going on. Is he still being paid his President’s salary?!?
Follins out as Northeast Lakeview president
November 2, 2015
Craig Follins has left his position as president of Northeast Lakeview College and taken on a new role completing special projects for Alamo Colleges Chancellor Bruce Leslie, administrators said Monday.
In a memo to all Alamo Colleges employees, Leslie wrote of Follins’ departure but did not mention his new role with the community college district. Alamo Colleges spokesman Leo Zuniga declined to say whether Follins’ change in positions was voluntary, calling it a “personnel matter.” The district did not say Monday whether Follins’ salary was being adjusted.
“I’m excited about the opportunity to engage the district in new ways,” Follins said, declining to comment further on the circumstances of his reassignment.
Follins’ new projects include an analysis of the Alamo Colleges’ distance education program, Zuniga said.
Thomas Cleary, formerly the district’s associate vice chancellor for planning, performance and information systems, will serve as Northeast Lakeview’s interim president. Cleary was interim president of the college for about two months in 2014, until Follins was hired.
Follins was president of Olive-Harvey College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago, before he was appointed in March 2014 to lead Northeast Lakeview. He also had worked for the Houston Community College system, Victoria College and Cuyahoga Community College in Ohio.
Northeast Lakeview enrolled about 3,800 students this semester. It was an extension of St. Philip’s College until 2007, when it became its own institution. The following year, it moved into its current Universal City campus.
The college is not independently accredited, and the push for accreditation defined Follins’ short time as president. The month Follins began his term, the college submitted an application for accreditation to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, but the accrediting body asked for additional information. The college resubmitted its application about a year later.
An accreditation visit has been scheduled for February, and the district will focus on selecting a new president after that, according to Leslie’s memo.
“While it may be unsettling to lose a key member of the team as we take the final steps to accreditation, I want to assure you the college will have the excellent leadership required to achieve a successful accreditation outcome,” Leslie wrote. “My hope is to have a new President on board no later than August 2016. Until then, I have every confidence in the commitment and competence of the excellent Northeast Lakeview College faculty, staff and administrators to keep moving forward.”