Seeking to Mend Relations, Pasadena City President Offers Coffee to Faculty Critics

Seeking to Mend Relations, Pasadena City President Offers Coffee to Faculty Critics 1

H. Lorren Au Jr., KRT, Newscom

Mark W. Rocha, president of Pasadena City College, acknowledged in a recent memo that the campus climate was so unhealthy that, "as a teacher, I'd be asking, 'What on earth is really going on around here?'"

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H. Lorren Au Jr., KRT, Newscom

Mark W. Rocha, president of Pasadena City College, acknowledged in a recent memo that the campus climate was so unhealthy that, "as a teacher, I'd be asking, 'What on earth is really going on around here?'"

The leader of Pasadena City College has a freshly brewed tactic to deal with his critics.

Mark W. Rocha, the California college's president and superintendent, has taken his share of lumps lately from professors and students. After months of complaints about his leadership, and escalating concerns that he may be punishing the student newspaper for its hard-hitting coverage, Mr. Rocha suggested last week that professors join him for a cup of coffee and a nice chat.

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