YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio –The Eastern Gateway Community College Board of Trustees voted unanimously this morning to terminate the contract of Dr. Jimmie Bruce, president of the college since March 2015, “due to dereliction of duty and inappropriate management practices.”
The board resolution, distributed to reporters who had camped out for nearly three hours outside a closed meeting at the college’s main building in downtown Youngstown, said Bruce “has lost the confidence of the board of trustees.”
As such, the board authorized its chairman, James M. Gasior, president and CEO of Cortland Banks, “to take the necessary steps to terminate the contract in accordance with the terms of his employment contract.”
The board also resolved that Michael Geoghegan will continue to serve as interim president while a search is conducted for a new president.
Bruce and James Miller, vice president and chief of staff, were placed on administrative leave Jan. 7. Miller will remain on leave as the board reviews “questionable expense charges,” reporters were told.
“Today’s actions are regrettable, but necessary, to restore confidence in the leadership of Eastern…
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