The Garden City Community College Board of Trustees has scheduled a special meeting for Wednesday night, when they intend to discuss in closed session a GCCC Faculty Senate report that accuses college president Herbert Swender of creating a hostile work environment on campus.
The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Endowment Room at the college’s Beth Tedrow Student Center. According to the agenda, the meeting will consist only of an executive session in which the board will consult with GCCC attorney Randy Grisell “on matters that would be deemed privileged in the attorney-client relationship.”
Board of Trustees Chairman Steve Martinez said board members will use the meeting to decide how to respond to the Faculty Senate report and map out their next steps.
“I have a feeling we’ll come to an agreement on what the next step is and how we will move forward,” he said.
At the board’s May 7 meeting, the Faculty Senate presented a report accusing Swender of bullying, intimidation and sexual harassment in the workplace. The report ultimately calls for Swender’s termination.
Since the only agenda item is an executive session, Grisell said the board will take no action at the meeting. Grisell and Martinez said only board members and Grisell would be invited to the executive session.