It didn't help that Robert Sammis, the Vice President of Human Resources, was loath to grant classified employees release time to participate in the program.
Sammis, a former labor representative for CSEA, had become an employment attorney representing management, prior to coming to SMC.
was an avowed enemy of CSEA
and knew the union's weaknesses from inside.
followed suit and so SMC
had two lawyers at the helm with the "doctor" appellation, an affectation that would have made Donner laugh at an earlier phase of his
was faced with a deadline to get the College's finances straightened out, develop an enrollment recovery plan, and hammer out a shared governance structure acceptable to the perpetually yammering constituencies at SMC
At least Donner held everyone in contempt.
never hired anyone smarter than he
was, so he
regarded managers as mindless drones.
had complete contempt for tenured faculty, whom he
felt could all be replaced with use-'em-as-you-need-'em adjuncts.