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Bergen Community College faculty votes Tuesday on censure of President Ryan

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ONLY ON CLIFFVIEW PILOT : Bergen Community College’s faculty decides tomorrow whether to censure President G. Jeremiah Ryan, a choice that could influence whether students merely follow suit or pursue a more severe no-confidence vote.

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“[I]f such a vote passes among the faculty popularity in the big vote, [student representatives] will start collecting petitions with student signatures,” said one of those representatives, Yoel Weisshaus.

According to a staff memo issued by representatives of BCC’s faculty unions:

“A Censure is a process by which a formal reprimand is issued to an individual. It is both a condemnation and a public reprimand of that person’s job performance. It differs from a vote of No-Confidence in that it offers the person censured an opportunity to reform his inappropriate behavior whereas a vote of No-Confidence simply asks for the person’s removal from office.”

The faculty representatives earlier this month overwhelmingly approved drafting the censure motion against Ryan that gets put to a vote by the full faculty tomorrow.

Tensions have been running high since before the start of the fall semester. Then, earlier this month, CLIFFVIEW PILOT learned that an undetermined number of work-study students were told they had exhausted their federal pay and had to seek school funding to keep their jobs.

Students and faculty alike are also looking sideways at the return of Tim Dacey, who took a leave of absence earlier this year to work as the county administrator under Executive Dennis McNerney, who was voted out of office earlier this month.

Dacey, former Gov. Jim McGreevey’s onetime chief of staff, said all along that he planned to return as BCC’s vice-president of administrative services — after taking a leave of absence to take the county job in February —  once the elections were over.

In his stead, Ryan temporarily gave the administrative services position to Dennis Miller,  who then angered students and faculty with a private September symposium attended by vendors who do business with the college — each of whom paid $60 to attend. The fee included the purchase of Miller‘s book.

Before landing the Bergen job, Miller was president and CEO of Somerset Medical Center in Somerville — the hospital that employed serial killer Charles Cullen, who admitted snuffing 13 patients and trying to kill two others.

Miller, a former Woodcliff Lake resident who now lives in Denville, quickly left after Cullen was arrested, citing personal reasons. He eventually surfaced at BCC thanks to Ryan, who worked with him at the Alman Group. And although he has been a full-time employee at the college the past two years, Miller also has maintained a consulting business: Dennis C. Miller Associates in Morristown.

Amid the turmoil are concerns about federal accreditation in BCC’s surgical nursing program, which supplies a significant number of nurses to hospitals in Bergen County. With accreditation, their degrees cannot be certified.

And these are only some of the beefs that students and faculty members have with their president and his administration. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE….

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