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Petitioning Claremont McKenna College

Hire a New President

Claremont McKenna College is a special place. It deserves a President that understands and is willing to preserve the integrity of CMC's unique character.

Pamela Gann made CMC's advances in college rankings a hallmark of her administration. Why else would the fifth and sixth lines of her bio on the school website trumpet our US News and World Report Rankings?

Why else would classes be mysteriously and firmly capped at 20 students -- miraculously the cutoff that US News and World Report Uses?

Why else would she trumpet our latest meaningless rise in every newsletter and public appearance?

We are not a generic liberal arts college like Pomona and shouldn't try to be. Worse yet, as recent events have made all to clear, this quest of meaningless rankings has corrupted the integrity of our beloved CMC.

It simply defies credulity that an administrator for the better part of the last few decades, someone who loved and cared deeply about Claremont McKenna College, would unilaterally begin inflating the Colleges test scores five years ago.

And even if, in her own words, "a sole person had too much authority over the reporting of data,” then shouldn't the individual who granted that authority, Ms. Gann, take responsibility for that action?

During the course of this entire scandal, Pamela Gann has never taken responsibility for her role in this debacle. How can we claim to be an institution that "foster responsible leadership," when the our supposed leaders refuse to take responsibility for their actions?

Ms. Gann has said that in this self-imposed crisis it is important “to recognize all of the historical work of prior leaders within the college that makes this community what it is.”

George Benson, Howard Neville, and Jack Stark built this college to become what it is today through honor, integrity, and a unwavering commitment to Claremont's unique character. Pamela Gann has flatly failed to live up to that standard.

She should heed her own advice and resign immediately.

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