CHICAGO (CBS) — The president of the scandal-plagued College of DuPage said students really haven’t been affected by a standoff on the community college’s board of trustees, but he expects the situation to be resolved within the next two months.
A meeting of the board of trustees was canceled this week, after three board members boycotted the meeting, leaving the body without a quorum to conduct official business. The board has been left evenly split between two factioning groups, after the sudden resignation of chairwoman Katharine Hamilton this week.
With Hamilton gone, interim acting President Joseph Collins said he hasn’t received much direction from the remaining six trustees.
“I work for six people; and three people are on one side of an issue, and three people are on the other side, and there’s no tiebreaker,” he said.
However, Collins said the Illinois Community College Board would appoint a seventh board member if the two sides don’t reach an agreement on a replacement for Hamilton by Feb. 11, 2016.
“By state statute, the Illinois Community College Board, the chairman of the Illinois Community College Board will choose our seventh trustee if our board by February 11 cannot come to a consensus,” he said.