St. Louis Community College chief departs early

2013-09-27T23:00:00Z 2013-10-18T08:32:14Z St. Louis Community College chief departs earlyBy Steve Giegerich sgiegerich@post-dispatch.com 314-725-6758 stltoday.com

The tenure of Myrtle Dorsey as head of the St. Louis Community College system drew to a quiet end Friday, eight months ahead of schedule.

A college spokesman confirmed that Dorsey no longer performed “administrative duties” on behalf of the four-campus system.

Her departure comes a day after the college Board of Trustees approved a request that Dorsey be granted personal leave for the remainder of her contract, which runs through June 2014.

The board declined in July to extend the chancellor’s contract.

Community college sources attributed the situation to the chancellor’s leadership style and her troubled relationship with faculty members.

The trustees’ decision also followed months of controversy over the handling of an assault of a female student in a Meramec campus restroom.

The college said in a press release that Donna Dare, vice chancellor of career and technical training, would serve as acting chancellor.

Trustee Chairman Craig Larson said in the same release that the board hoped to fill the post with an interim chancellor through June 2015 or until the system hired a replacement for Dorsey.

A decision on the interim chancellor will be made in the near future, the release said.

Dorsey came to St. Louis in 2011 from the Baton Rouge Community College system, where she also served as chancellor.

Her salary, approximately $220,000 annually, was supplemented by housing and car allowances.

General assignment reporter Steve Giegerich covers St. Louis County. On Twitter @stevegiegerich

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