Garden City Community College announced Tuesday night that Glendon Forgey, a former president of Trinity Valley Community College who resigned from that position in 2016 shortly after being suspended by the the school's board of trustees, is GCCC's new chief financial officer and vice president of business affairs.
Forgey began working at the college on June 1 and is expected to be formally approved by the GCCC Board of Trustees at it June 12 meeting, said Emily Clouse, GCCC vice president of administrative services.
In a press release, GCCC Interim Director of Marketing and Public Relations Alexis Saenz said Forgey was chosen based on his experience and a recommendation from the TVCC Board of Trustees chairman and “other college distinguished professionals.”
Forgey is a certified public accountant and holds a doctorate of higher education administration and a master's of business administration, according to the release, which also states that he has served on the regional accrediting body Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
Forgey will oversee business, facility operations and financial matters, including the budget and capital outlay.
“Dr. Forgey in his first week identified many efficiencies for the college; he will be a great addition to GCCC,” Saenz said in the release.
Forgey was president of TVCC in Athens, Texas, from 2007 until his resignation on May 11, 2016. A TVCC press release at the time said Forgey resigned to pursue a post at another college, according to an article published by The Athens (Texas) Daily Review. He resigned two and a half weeks after the TVCC Board of Trustees suspended him with pay on April 25, 2016.
According to The Daily Review article, TVCC Board of Trustees President Ray Raymond said in a statement at the time that Forgey had presented the board with “conflicting government documents,” and that the board had decided to investigate questions about Forgey’s conduct.
It is unclear from news reports at the time whether the TVCC Board of Trustees conducted an investigation, and Raymond did not return a phone call seeking comment.
Forgey said in an email to The Telegram on Wednesday that the conflicting documents referred to the TVCC Board of Trustees’ regular meeting minutes and the minutes from a closed session pertaining to Forgey’s contract, which seemed to express a discrepancy in the contract’s decided length. Forgey said that in August 2015, the board decided in a closed session to give Forgey a three-year contract in lieu of a raise. He said the board’s chairman called for and signed the three-year contract.
When the board wanted to revisit the contract’s length and found the discrepancy in the meetings’ minutes, they suspended Forgey “to ensure a complete, independent review,” Forgey said Wednesday. He said the review determined that the chairman had signed the contract and that the board and Forgey mutually agreed to the terms of the contract.
Forgey said the incident was resolved.
“Although I was vindicated, I decided to resign because I was disappointed with the action of the board. Moreover, I wanted to spend quality time with a seriously ill family member,” Forgey said in the email.
The Daily Review reported at the time that after Forgey resigned from TVCC, trustees said in a statement that they agreed “that it is in the best interests of the students and employees of TVCC for new leadership to be put in place as soon as practical, given his immediate desire to pursue other opportunities.”
“Against the backdrop of the ongoing and heightened success of TVCC throughout his many years of steadfast leadership, the board thanks Dr. Forgey for his devoted service and wishes him well,” the board said in a statement at the time.
Forgey said he appreciated and is proud of his tenure at TVCC, and that the board chairman was happy to recommend him for the GCCC position.
GCCC's release did not include what Forgey's salary will be and any details about the hiring process, and when asked, Clouse did not provide information about either.
GCCC President Herbert Swender did not return a call seeking comment.
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