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Fort Scott Community College looks for new president

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 Fort Scott Community College is in search for a new college president.  Last night, a decision was made by the now former president and college's board of trustees to part ways.

A "no confidence" vote was taken at FSCC less than a week ago.  It was organized by faculty against the college's now former president.  Clay Tatro, the former president, had been head of the college for seven years.

"I am not prepared to comment on Dr. Tatro's relationship with the staff," says the college's public relations director Jason Hogue.

That was Hogue's answer when we asked him about conflicts and disagreements between the former president and college faculty.

"The employment agreement was mutually dissolved," says Hogue.

The unanimous decision was made between the college's board of trustees and Tatro himself.  Dick Hedges left his position as trustee to become the college's interim president.

We asked Hedges if the vote of no confidence played into the trustee's decision of whether or not to part ways with Tatro.

"I think it did.  I think there were other issues, too," says Hedges.

So we asked Hedges about those other issues.

"I can't go there.  All that discussion took place in executive session," says Hedges.

We then sat down with the college's faculty association president, who organized the vote of no confidence towards Tatro.

"It is confidential.  I have to protect those people.  The wording of it may reveal who this person is," says Elie Riachi with the faculty association.

Here's what the faculty association would like to see in the new college president...

"Basically, when decisions are made and if the faculty are not consulted on these decision, that might be heading in the wrong direction," says Riachi.

We are being told by staff at the college that they hope to have a new president by July of the next school year.  

About 32 of the college's 43 faculty members participated in the vote.  86 percent of those faculty members vote no confidence in the former college president.

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