President of Rochester community college to resign amid criticism


The president of Rochester Community and Technical College will resign in January after getting swift backlash from students, staff and faculty over some of her decisions, the Rochester Post Bulletin reports.

Leslie McClellon took over the spot a year and a half ago – since then, she's been criticized for a number of decisions, with a joint letter sent to the school's chancellor last month saying "her management has harmed virtually every corner of the campus."

Among the decisions that were criticized:

Spending $20,000 for a jazz musician and $3,200 for a golden “chain of office” that McClellon wore for her installation, says Med City Beat.

She also came under fire for hiring choices, including interim vice president, Anthony Brown – who left his previous job after an investigation, which McClellon didn't disclose.

But this week, she sent out a campus-wide letter saying she'll resign from her post on Jan. 8, the Star Tribune reports.

Managing Editor Jay Furst posted full text of the letter on a blog.

In it, she writes she is "truly saddened" to leave RCTC, but says it is "in the best interest" of the college for her to do so, in order for everyone to get focused again on the college's mission.

She's taking a position with Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, in the Academic and Student Affairs Division.

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