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Remove Dr. E. Clorisa Phillips as President of Virginia Intermont College

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We as alumni and friends are concerned about Virginia Intermont College and its future and are petitioning VIC's Board of Trustees to support the faculty vote of no confidence by removing E. Clorissa Phillips from office. We support the faculty vote of no confidence and feel that their vote should be treated with the respect it deserves. 

DAVID MCGEE | BRISTOL HERALD COURIER  

BRISTOL, Va. — Members of the Virginia Intermont College faculty this week issued an overwhelming vote of no confidence in college President E. Clorisa Phillips.

Meeting Tuesday on the Moore Street campus, the faculty voted 25-0 with six abstentions to declare a lack of confidence in Phillips, who has served as VI president since August 1, 2010, according to five faculty members who asked that their names not be used. Not all faculty members attended the meeting.

The vote occurred a few hours after Phillips announced to the entire school that a proposed merger with Webber International University of Florida collapsed. Now the embattled private college with a long history of financial troubles and declining enrollment will lose its accreditation July 1, is preparing to offer teach-out plans for students not slated to graduate in May, is shutting down all of its sports teams and its future remains uncertain.

No faculty member would speak on the record for this story, but five independently confirmed specific details of the meeting, the vote and allowed the Bristol Herald Courier to see a copy of allegations raised during the meeting.

The faculty vote followed discussion of and a consensus on a series of accusations and grievances including:

» The president hasn’t provided financial resources necessary for VI to operate, specifically the school’s lack of fundraising success.

» VI has been in near-constant trouble with its accrediting agency – the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges – during her tenure.

» Phillips hasn’t adequately supported efforts to grow enrollment. VI’s enrollment has declined in recent years, especially since its financial and accreditation issues came to light.

» Payroll checks for some employees were returned due to insufficient funds and other bookkeeping concerns.

» Phillips has micromanaged school operations rather than rely on the school’s staff and faculty.

» Phillips hasn’t developed a long-term strategic operating plan for the school nor provided a comprehensive operating budget to the board of trustees in a timely manner.

Phillips attended the meeting and addressed the group. However, the president declined to speak with the Bristol Herald Courier about the vote or grievances.



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