MONTGOMERY, ALA. — Alabama Community College System (ACCS) Chancellor Jimmy H. Baker released the below statement regarding the vote held today at Northwest-Shoals Community College (NW-SCC).

“A vote of no confidence organized in this manner has no bearing on an individual’s job security and the vote that occurred today represented the voices of less than 18% of Northwest-Shoals Community College faculty and staff. In the short time Dr. Colagross has been president at NW-SCC, she has proven her leadership in the face of adversity and has demonstrated her open-door policy in addressing concerns of her faculty, and staff. Just last week, meetings were held at the Phil Campbell and Shoals campuses to address concerns. As I said when she was appointed, Dr. Colagross was brought on to bring stability to a difficult situation and she has done just that. I am confident in the leadership and capabilities of Dr. Colagross and it is my hope that the Northwest-Shoals community can move forward together keeping their sights on the most important piece of the of the Alabama Community College System equation – our students.”

Please note: the vote today occurred was not an AEA initiated vote. AEA was present to ensure that employees had confidence that the vote was handled in a fair and transparent way.