The agenda for this month’s City Colleges of Chicago board meeting is out. Most notable is what’s missing from it.
At the July meeting, when the board named Deidra Lewis as the district’s interim chcancellor for six months, Chairman Jim Tyree pledged that the district would work quickly to convene a search committee to pick a permanent replacement. That special committee would comprise the Board of Trustees and would meet with students, faculty, staff and anyone else who had thoughts on who should be the next chancellor, Tyree said.
There has been no public mention of the committee. And because the committee is the board of trustees, any time that committee meets, state law requires that the public and the media be informed of that upcoming meeting.
The district knows that, too, noting on its Web site that “All meetings of the Board are held in accordance with provisions of the Illinois Open Meetings Act and other applicable laws concerning the conduct of meetings.”
We called district spokeswoman Elsa Tullos to find out what’s going on and why the committee hasn’t met yet. She’s checking for us. In the mean time, we also left a message at Tyree’s office. We tried to leave a message with the board secretary, who works at the City Colleges, but she just kicked us back to Tullos. We’ll let you know when we hear something.
Given Lewis’ “commitment to transparency,” we expect a thorough briefing from the district at any moment.
Here’s the agenda for this week’s meeting. It starts at 9 a.m. Thursday at the district office, 226 W. Jackson Boulevard.