Maricopa Community Colleges Rescind Job Offer to Scandal-Plagued Candidate Ahead of Board Meeting

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Brian K. Johnson, in better days.
The Governing Board of the Maricopa Community Colleges meets tomorrow morning to vote on candidates for several positions available within the institution.

 

But the board will not vote on the Maricopa Community Colleges' scandal-plagued original choice to be Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Dr. Brian K. Johnson, after "a mutual decision subsequent to his being offered the job that his name be withdrawn," according to spokesman Tom Gariepy.

The position would have paid $117,312 a year.

Gariepy declined to discuss reasons for the colleges' decision or to even explain whether the college reached out to Johnson or vice versa, telling New Times "it's really part of an HR process, so I doubt that that's something we'd be able to discuss."

Johnson is no stranger to the Maricopa Community Colleges, having spent 15 years working in student-support programs with MCC before becoming Senior Vice President for Student and Community Services at the Community College of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh.

From there, he took a job as president of Montgomery College in Maryland, where he was ousted by the Board of Trustees in September 2009 over faculty allegations of mismanagement and overspending. That same week, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office issued a warrant for his arrest over $12,000 in back child-support payments, according to published reports. Now he's out of the job he thought he had.

In an e-mail to district officials announcing the conclusion of their "national search," Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Maria Harper-Marinick announced that the colleges planned to hire Johnson, pending the MCC Governing Board's approval at their January 25 meeting.

Maricopa Community Colleges announced their original agenda for tomorrow's board meeting on January 14, which included Johnson's candidacy. On January 21, they published a revised agenda omitting Johnson as a candidate.

Johnson's pending hire was brought to New Times' attention by local attorney Dianne Post, who forwarded us a letter she wrote to Maricopa Community College Board Members and the Board of Supervisors on January 19 asking them to explain their decision to hire Johnson.

"Here is a man who was terminated as president at another college for excessive personal spending on meals, limousines, and travel and was frequently absent from key meetings," she wrote, later asking, "This is the type of person we hire at Maricopa?"

Gariepy confirms that the colleges received Post's letter, where she questioned why they would pay him "exorbitant wages with MY tax dollars." He would not say whether it had an effect on Johnson's candidacy.

Post, for her part, feels that the college got her letter and pulled Johnson's offer because they were "nervous about bad publicity." She says she plans to show up at tomorrow's meeting and speak about the process used to make hiring decisions.

As for the students in Maricopa Community Colleges, they'll just have to do without an associate vice chancellor for student affairs for now. Gariepy says the MCC still is trying to figure out what its next step will be in filling that position, which was vacated last month by the recently-retired Dr. Sylvia Manlove.



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Guest
Guest

This article is incomplete which leads to disinformation. I will assume that Mr. Prat did not digg deep enough in reasearching this article. I would hate to think that he purposly omitted information to generate a reaction.

ConcernedinAz
ConcernedinAz

Does it take "outsiders" and the press to make sure the Maricopa colleges stay in line? What about self-monitoring? That includes making sure that "buddies" aren't hired just because they are buddies. Maybe the colleges will do better, knowing that lawyers, citizens and the media are watching more carefully. As they say, "think twice."

Guest
Guest

Even worse is that they were hiring him at a step 5 for his position. Policy only allows up to a step 4.

Angela Scott
Angela Scott

It goes to show that people should do their entire research first. They would find that all of the allegations against Dr. Johnson were faulty and no evidence was produced to support the allegations. In addition to the child support- from what I recall, his children were living with him AND he was paying their college tuition. It seems a bit uncanny to have to pay child support when YOU are supporting your children.

This is a very sad situation. If we look at the years of service Dr. Johnson gave to MCCCD and the accolades he received as well as the exemplary job he did- we'd find that he is the perfect person for this job. It is hard to believe that he could do so well at MCC, Pittsburg and then become this horrible person in Maryland. Sounds like it was a witch hunt to me.

At what point do we support our own?

Janannehaven
Janannehaven

It is amazing to me that a person like Dr. Johnson, who was fired from another college, would be considered for a position like this. The fact that he owes $12, 000 in child support demonstrates that he is not a good role model for Maricopa students.

I applaud Dianne Post publicly speaking up and questioning the Board's decision. In addition, she questions the hiring policies of Maricopa, which, in my opinion need to be scrutinized. How is it possible that a candidate at this level passes a background check, which is a requirement for ALL potential hires? It is obvious that a background check was not done. However, it seems clear that the Good Ol' Boy network is alive and well!!!

Andy Jupin
Andy Jupin

I was on the inauguration committee for Dr. Johnson for Montgomery College. His name also appears on my AA. Ugh!!!!

kkondej
kkondej

So much for "national searches." Did they Google Brian Johnson?

ExpertShot
ExpertShot

Dear Diane Post:

Would you also ask the Governing Board of the Maricopa Community Colleges to explain to the taxpayers why the Maricopa Community Colleges radio station, KJZZ allowed over 1.5 million dollars worth of public air time over 18 years to promote the private music club business of one of their radio show hosts which resulted in an unfair business environment for competing local music clubs, thus lowering the overall sucess of the local blues scene.

I'd like to hear how they explain that, especially since just last August, the General Manager of KJZZ "stopped" that practice, after only 18 years of this going on at KJZZ.

AzGirl
AzGirl

In any event, a vote of "no confidence" by the faculty of his previous college means something! Why not hire someone in whom faculty, students, etc., have confidence? There are many adminstrators out there -- get a good one!

Sumisuchan
Sumisuchan

He almost destroyed my college with his selfish interests. Stop and consider that you are LUCKY that you were warned.

Rich
Rich

Are you not capable of reading? He did NOT do well in Pittsburgh at all. Like the earlier posts say - google him. "allegations were faulty with no evidence" Uh what planet are you on?

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