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Former Interim VP Responds To THECB Report on CBC

Posted at 7:46 PM, Nov 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-15 20:46:00-05

Earlier this week, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board released its investigation into alleged unauthorized grade changes in the Coastal Bend College’s LVN Nursing program, and other issues.

The investigation, as well as our reporting, came as a result of 27 grievances filed against the college by former Interim Vice President of Academics and Economic Development Dr. Matilda Saenz.

The school fired Saenz 2 days before her contract was to expire.

Saenz has issued a statement in response to the report.

The report mentions the Board’s investigation was inhibited and limited by fear from school staffers to speak freely.

Saenz responds that that fear ‘validates the climate of fear and intimidation many others before me have endured at Coastal Bend College.’

And further, about the unauthorized grade changes, Saenz wrote, ‘these sham practices at cbc must end; an institution of higher learning cannot continue to operate under the conditions of a “family” enterprise !’

We have again asked the college’s outside p-r firm for an on-camera interview with college President Dr. Beatriz Espinoza.

The CBC’s Board of Trustees will discuss the report at their meeting Tuesday, November 20th.