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The board of trustees at Quincy College, a community college about ten miles southwest of Boston, finds itself unable to hire a new president. According to an article by Jack Encarnacao in the The Patriot Ledger:

For the third time, Quincy College’s governing board has canceled a meeting at which the legality of its vote to hire a new college president was to be addressed.

Chairman David Dennis told board members and about 20 other people in attendance Monday that an agenda was not sent out with the special meeting notice, which an attorney said violates the board’s bylaws. The board also called off meetings on July 12 and July 21 because it lacked a quorum.

On June 14 the board voted 6-5 to hire an administrator at nearby Mount Ida College to be Quincy’s next president.

Opponents of the Mount Ida candidate mounted a legal challenge, arguing that the board had too many people who didn’t live in Quincy, in violation of the rules.

Last month one board member resigned over the residency issue. His departure either resolved the problem or highlighted the incompetence of the board, depending upon how one looks at the issue.

Quincy President Martha Sue Harris, who announced her retirement in January, agreed to stay on at Quincy a little longer to “help with the transition.”

Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer