As a community member and graduate of Coastal Bend College, I am concerned about the college’s future. Coastal Bend College is suffering a crisis of leadership.
Since Dr. Espinoza has become president at CBC, enrollment is down, morale is low, and the college is likely to go on probation with the SACS accrediting agency in June. By the end of May, more than 60 employees will have resigned, retired or been let go under Dr. Espinoza’s reign. Why are three of the four dental hygiene instructors putting in their resignation? Why are so many faculty members leaving? What has the Coastal Bend College Board done in response to all the things going wrong at CBC? Dr. Espinoza chose her own sister, Julia Garcia, and made her Dean of Workforce. Dr. Espinoza pays her sister more than $80,000 per year, and the board does nothing.
Julia Garcia makes more than the other instructional dean who has her doctorate. And the board does nothing?
The college gets 33 sanctions against it from SACS, in the summer, and the board does nothing! After the on-site visit, SACS still finds nine areas of non-compliance; the board does nothing! Well, actually, Board President Paul Jaure praised Dr. Espinoza for all her hard work!
Nine areas of non-compliance due to her lack of leadership, her poor restructuring choices, and he is praising her? What about all the poor planning and budgeting mistakes? What about failing to address the shortfalls in a timely manner? What does the board focus on? Well, since this summer, they have called faculty “lazy”; they have called faculty “spoiled.”
At least one board member spends time “spying on faculty,” calling the college president to report faculty eating lunch at suspicious times and a faculty member for mowing their lawn before work. It is time to get a new board of trustees at Coastal Bend College.
This is an election year, and I encourage all the people who care about the college to vote out any incumbent Coastal Bend College board member.
It is time to save the college we all know and love.
Millie Powell, alumna