College of DuPage (ECWd) –
Updated to clarify the vote for renaming of building…
September 17, 2015
The meeting started approx 5 minutes late, with Trustee Birt voting no on approving the agenda.
Glen Hansen had first chop at the public comment session and spoke about leadership and the Board’s responsibility to take action, and that inaction is an action of itself. No more failed leadership!
Later, Rep. Jennie Ives spoke about SSG Miller and the placement of his name on the Homeland Education Building. She talked about real heroes having buildings named after them instead of names negotiated for by people not worthy of any honor.
At tonight’s College of DuPage, (“COD”) Board of Trustees meeting, the board took several notable votes.
- Voted and approved with a 4 – 3 vote, McGuire-Wozniak-Birt were the NO votes, to declare Pres Breuder’s contracts, amendments, and addenda Void Ab Initio, which essentially and immediately makes him an at-will employee.
- Voted to immediately name the Homeland Security Education Center after Medal of Honor recipient Staff Sergeant Robert J. Miller, and directing the immediate name change to the “Robert J. Miller Homeland Security Education Center“. The vote was 4 – 2 – with 1 abstain (Wozniak).
With the abstention of Wozniak, the vote totals in the official record should reflect 5 – 2 in favor of the Motion. The reasoning behind this is that an abstention, in a case where an affirmative vote is not required, counts towards the majority vote. In Prosser v Fox Lake, the Court distinguished the differences between an “affirmative vote” and “concurrence of a majority.” A Community College Board approves all Motions with a majority of those voting, which means a “concurrence of a majority”, and as such all abstentions count as the majority, which in this case is a “yea”. So the final vote to rename the building is 5-2 in favor.
Section 3.9 of the Public Community Colleges Act explains the quorum and voting procedures.