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BREAKING: Chancellor Eugene Giovannini put on administrative leave

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José Romero
editor-in-chief
collegian.editor@tccd.edu

The board of trustees put Chancellor Eugene Giovannini on paid administrative leave Feb. 17 until the investigation into the allegations made against him is complete. Executive vice chancellor and provost Elva LeBlanc has been chosen as acting chancellor for the time being. 

“It is in the best interest of all parties to complete the investigation and reach the right conclusion without further distraction,” board president Teresa Ayala read from a statement. “Policy dictates that a respondent is not presumed responsible for the alleged conduct unless or until a determination is made at the conclusion of the process. However, the board has an obligation to treat the chancellor as we would any employee under these circumstances.”

This decision was made during a four-hour-long closed session that concluded at 1 a.m., and is in light of a lawsuit filed Feb. 7 against TCC in which the former executive vice president for advancement Kristen Bennett alleged she was wrongfully terminated for disciplining a female employee with whom the chancellor was having an “inappropriate, personal relationship.”

Board member Gwendolyn Morrison initiated the motion, and board vice president Kenneth Barr seconded it while expressing confidence in LeBlanc. 

“I know it from my own personal experience that she is strong, respected in the community, and I think she has a lot of credibility with the members of this board,” Barr said. “Therefore, I second the motion.”

LeBlanc made a statement Feb. 18 in a video sent out to employees where she thanked the board for placing its confidence in her. 

“Now, the TCC community is experiencing turbulent times, and many employees have asked what can I do to help,” LeBlanc said. “By concentrating on our students, we will come through this.” 

The Collegian will continue to update the story.   

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