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News: Statement by PACCD Board President Geoffrey Baum

The following statement was read by Pasadena Area Community College District Board of Trustees President Geoffrey Baum at the end of the special Board meeting on June 20:

June 20, 2012

The Board in closed session voted to terminate the employment contract between the District and Dr. Richard van Pelt in accordance with the terms of that contract. Specifically, the Board acted pursuant to Section 11.4 of the agreement. The vote was unanimous with Trustee Brown abstaining. This action will be final effective immediately upon delivery of the Board’s written decision to Dr. van Pelt. The Board’s action is independent of the ongoing criminal investigation by the Los Angeles County District Attorney.

The Board also was informed that Dr. Rocha has recommended the termination of Dr. Alfred Hutchings. As a classified employee of the District, Dr. Hutchings has the right to pursue administrative remedies before the Board’s final decision is reported publicly.

The District will have no further comment on these employment matters outside of this statement.

Release Date: 06/20/2012
Contact: Juan F. Gutierrez , Director, Public Relations
Phone: (626) 585-7315